Langley school district secretary-treasurer David Green told the board of education that the Ministry of Education's decision not to fund the building of new schools presents 'a significant challenge.'

Langley school district secretary-treasurer David Green told the board of education that the Ministry of Education's decision not to fund the building of new schools presents 'a significant challenge.'

District lost 100 students to private schools this year

Lower numbers are a concern, says the district's secretary-treasurer.

Langley School District lost at least 100 students to private schools this year and that is a concern, said secretary-treasurer David Green at the board of education meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Whether the shift to private education was because of the lengthy teachers’ strike wasn’t discussed.

The district also lost some students who moved to other districts, he said.

Green was providing pre-enrolment numbers for the 2014/15 school year but warned the numbers are changing every day and a complete picture won’t be known for some time.

What he could say is that the already over capacity R.E. Mountain Secondary saw 300 more students so far this year — and has seen a population increase year after year.

Middle and elementary schools in the district are “holding their own.”

Choice programs in the district are down in numbers.