Burke Mountain schools allocated no funding in 2019 budget

COQUITLAM (February 26, 2019) – Despite a campaign commitment, the NDP’s 2019 budget doesn’t provide any funding for Burke Mountain schools.

“In April 2017, the NDP promised to fast track schools in Burke Mountain,” says Coquitlam-Burke Mountain MLA Joan Isaacs. “It’s time for the government to deliver on their promise.”

In 2017 School District 43 secured land for a second elementary school. To expedite the process, school trustees approved a motion to complete the project development report and begin design for Sheffield Elementary. “Parents are expecting the NDP to fulfill their promise and provide funding,” Isaacs says.

Isaacs adds that the City of Coquitlam, Wesbild and School District 43 worked in partnership on a designated school site that would advance the middle-secondary school scheduled for completion in 2023.

But the NDP has not allocated funding for this project. Isaacs is concerned that the increase of people moving to the area will result in over-crowded classrooms

“Burke Mountain residents are tired of waiting for this funding,” says Isaacs. “Lack of funding for the long-awaited development of Burke Mountain Secondary School is unacceptable.”

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