Surrey – On Thursday, representatives from the Surrey Schools Coalition attended the BC Government funding announcement that will result in 200 new student spaces at Surrey’s Sullivan Elementary, moving students out of portables.
The Province announced $9.6 million in additional funding to move the Sullivan Elementary construction forward. The $15-million expansion of Sullivan Elementary will bring eight new classrooms and an expanded gymnasium to the school. Work on the new addition has begun, and the new classrooms are expected to be ready for students in September 2020.
The Surrey Schools Coalition wants a special ‘growth fund’ to be established by the BC Government to pay for portables rather than out of school district operational budgets. Education, both quality curriculum and quality surroundings, are needed for our students to be leaders, locally and globally, through career and entrepreneur pathways.
“The Surrey Schools Coalition will be meeting with Surrey NDP MLA’s in early May. The long-term ask is a new funding formula for high-growth areas to ensure that other cities do not face this situation in the future,” said Anita Huberman, Surrey Board of Trade CEO.
The Surrey School Coalition’s premise is that the construction of new schools in high growth areas benefit students in Surrey, contributes to healthy communities, and enables economic growth through development.
Surrey is the highest growth catchment in BC, where this year alone the Surrey School Board saw an increase of more than 1,000 students over what was projected.