It’s the fastest growing school district in B.C. and it’s asking the province for a big sum of money.
The Surrey Coalition met with Education Minister Mike Bernier and asked for $175 million dollars in the short term and a change in the funding formula in the future.
President of the Surrey District Parents Advisory Council Karen Tan says the coalition plans to handle issues differently than the former Vancouver School Board.
“We know there’s only one tax payer and we know the priorities that the province have, but we’re basically saying that Surrey has been very quiet on this front and it’s our time. We really believe you don’t get things done when you are yelling and screaming and we really believe when there is a real dialogue, people tend to listen better.”
Tan says 1,000 new students are expected to enroll in surrey per year.
“To keep up with the growth, we really need at least one new elementary school every year and one new secondary school every two to three years.”
She says the fastest growing areas are Grandview Heights, South Newton, and West Clayton
“Positive and productive”
The Ministry of Education called the meeting with the Surrey School Coalition “positive and productive.”
In an email to CKNW, the Ministry says the coalition has the same goal as them – to build more schools in Surrey.
“At the moment, we are making considerable investments into new seats and we will be working with the Surrey School District, the Coalition and the City of Surrey to add more student spaces.”
The Ministry says they’ve opened or approved more than 6,700 new students spaces since 2013.