North Delta Secondary’s track often floods in the rain. (Grace Kennedy photo)

LETTER: Tracks upgrade up to Delta School District

Mayor Lois Jackson writes to clarify that school track upgrades are outside of City’s jurisdiction

Re: Delta school tracks need upgrade, says teacher

It is important that I clarify the role of the City of Delta with respect to requests to the City to upgrade the condition of the track at North Delta Secondary School.

This issue has been discussed exhaustively by many in our community including myself, Delta council and staff, along with other levels of government, including Delta school board representatives, the Delta council/school board liaison committee, our provincial MLAs and federal MP. This is, of course, not a new issue.

Delta council does not have the prerogative of spending Delta City tax dollars outside of our legislated authority jurisdiction. These lands, as you may be aware, belong to the Delta School District, and the City of Delta may only contribute tax dollars through an “assist factor.”

Delta is currently involved in assisting with playground renewals at many school sites. We provide funding for school crossing guards for the children of Delta, and the creation of some 30 rain gardens at Delta schools, but these are done through an “assist factor.”

Delta Council has voted on this matter, and our list of capital projects is extensive. Inasmuch as we are very supportive of upgrading the track, the Delta school board will have to take the initiative for upgrading their field and instigate other committed funds to assist with their project. The City of Delta, as always, stands by ready to assist, if possible.

Mayor Lois E. Jackson

City of Delta

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