Surrey First holds on to school board seats

Veteran trustee Laurae McNally wins sole White Rock seat

Surrey First Education has retained control of the school board after Saturday’s civic election.

According to unofficial results, six Surrey First Education incumbents re-elected to the board include Terry Allen (38,149 votes), Garry Thind (33,530 votes), Laurie Larsen (31,414 votes), Bob Holmes (31,092 votes), Shawn Wilson (29,081 votes) and Garry Tymoschuk (27,957 votes).

The lone White Rock representative seat was won by veteran trustee Laurae McNally, with 4,345 votes over challenger Sikander Hayat’s 1,107.

McNally has spent more than 33 years on the school board.

“I want to see a bulldozer digging a hole for that new Grandview Heights Secondary,” McNally told Peace Arch News Monday.

Early this month, Surrey School District confirmed to PAN that the long-planned South Surrey school has been delayed, and will not open for the beginning of the 2020 school year.

“That’s how I got into all of this, was being a mum at Earl Marriott Secondary and my kids were at an overcrowded school,” McNally said. “And guess what? Nothing has changed.

“We need more than one new school, we need a number of new schools, like yesterday.”

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