It’s back to school next week, and some Surrey schools will be bursting at the seams.
And one education advocate says the city isn’t listening to parents as another application moves forward for new development in the Clayton Community.
“I’m baffled that the city doesn’t see the correlation between the amount of development they are doing and the province’s lack of funding.”
That, from Cindy Dalglish, on the 16 acre project at 184th st and 72nd ave. With a proposed 131 single family lots it would be the largest development in the area to date according to a city report.
The report also projects the development could add 102 new students in the future.
Dalglish says even with a new school in the works, it only covers off the extra kids already at Clayton Elementary.
“I think the new school is already to address the overcrowding that is already there, it the pattern stays the same, which it does, is that elementary school will open with portables.”
Surrey School Trustee Gary Tymoschuk was asked if the district would call for a halt in development like it has in the past.
“I am hoping we can move forward without having to put a stop on anything.”
A public hearing for the project is scheduled for September 12th.
Earlier this year school trustees voted unanimously to temporarily put the brakes in the Clayton, Grandview/South Surrey and Newton areas until the school board received more funding.
CKNW has reached out to Surrey City Council for comment.