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The Surrey School District continues to grow, with about 1,060 more school-aged, full-time equivalent students anticipated for the next school year.
To meet that growth, the Surrey Board of Education has approved hiring 78 more teachers (including 12 teachers funded by the Classroom Enhancement Fund), 107 educational assistants, 19 support staff, seven professional staff and five school administrators for 2019-2020.
Despite ongoing growth and no funding to offset inflation, and other funding challenges over the years, the board continues to manage expenditures efficiently, relative to the provincial average:
"This board is very proud of the fact that the Surrey School District continues to be the most, or one of the most efficiently run school districts in the province, year in and year out," says Surrey Board of Education Budget Committee chairman Terry Allen. "This budget carries on that commitment and I thank all staff for their efforts to ensure every dollar possible is put into the classroom."
The budget projects a total of 74,749 FTE equivalent students in 2019-20, including school-aged, adult and distributed (online) learning students.
The preliminary 2019-2020 operating budget is $713.7 million out of a total budget including special purpose and other funds of $836 million. The final school district operating grant will be based on the September 30, 2019 enrolment count and any adjustments to the annual budget will be made after that date.