The Ministry of Education has announced the commitment of $217 million for new classrooms in the Surrey School District, as well as the establishment of a project board intended to accelerate the construction of new student space.
The funding will be allocated over the next three years, resulting in up to 5,200 new student seats in Surrey.
The project board will identify new schools or school expansions as quickly as possible so proposals can be brought forward to provincial approval.
Surrey District Parents Advisory Council (Surrey DPAC) as a partner in Surrey Schools Coalition (SSC) along with Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT), Urban Development Institute (UDI) and Greater Vancouver Homebuilders Association (GVHBA) formed in the summer of 2016.
SSC advocated to Surrey MLAs of both parties (Liberal and NDP), Mayor & City Council, Board of Education and the Province (Minister of Education, Hon. Mike Bernier and staff). SSC also talked to many partner groups from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), to the RCMP.
SSC asks to the Province are:
1. Immediate ask: $175M for 12 high priorities per Surrey District’s 5 year 2015-16 capital plan.
For more information: (a) Surrey District’s 5-year 2016-17 Capital Plan, (b) Surrey District’s Capital Plan on PlaceSpeak where you can learn about future plans, as well as the processes and options for investing in facilities to manage growth in Surrey .
Discussions on the New Clayton North area elementary school (opening in 2019) and New Grandview area secondary school (opening in 2020) can also be found on PlaceSpeak.
2. Long term ask: new funding formula for all districts.
3. Work with Surrey School Board and City of Surrey on our capital infrastructure needs, so we can continue to grow vibrant cities, create communities where families can find affordable housing to call home.
We are so very happy with the announcement today. The investment of $217 million along with a Project Board Office will ensure that Surrey families and students can expect sustainability of schools.
Picture of Surrey Schools Coalitions partners with Minister of Education, Hon. Mike Bernier (Left to Right: Nathan Hildebrand (UDI), Mark Sakai (GVHB), Lisa Garner (DPAC), Minister Mike Bernier, Karen Tan (DPAC), Anne Peterson (SBOT), Lakbir Johal (Pac).
Missing from picture:
Anita Hubermen (SBOT) Bob Di-Wit (GVHB)
Ann McMullin (UDI)