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Parents demand action from the province for New Westminster Secondary

New Westminster Secondary School (Courtesy Google Maps)

(NEW WESTMINSTER) NEWS 1130 — At a time when parents are waiting to hear if their schools will be closed in order for others to get seismic funding, one group says it’s had enough of waiting on funding from the province.

Fed-up parents in New Westminster want to know why money still hasn’t been freed up to rebuild a high school that’s described as being in a “scary” state of disrepair.

Danielle Connelly is an organizer of a noon rally to go front of New West Secondary School this Sunday, for people who are growing frustrated and cynical over years of promises.

“The kids, the teachers, the staff, the community, we’ve been lead to believe that this was happening for over a decade now and in the meantime no major repairs were done because every year it was, it’s coming, it’s coming, and it’s just gotten to the point now where it’s a really unsafe environment,” Connelly says.

“It’s contaminated with mold, rats, mice, lead paint, asbestos, and it definitely does not meet seismic standards.”

Connelly says they were told there’d be an announcement in the New Year and four months in to 2016 there’s still no movement on the plan put forward by the school board.

“It’s got over 2,000 students attending the school, so we have a strong population here, it’s our only high school for all of New Westminster.”

A petition is in the works to send a message to the Minister of Education and the BC government that the New Westminster High School replacement project needs to be funded immediately.