School District 70 resolves transportation cost issue

Busing in SD 70 will be reduced by three runs and a marshaling program will be started that will scale back the walk limit for students.

There has been a development in the transportation that is affecting School District 70 closure discussions.

Busing in the district will be reduced by three runs, superintendent Cam Pinkerton said.

According to Pinkerton, a marshaling program will be instituted that will scale back the walk limit for students while still providing the same level of service, he said.

Presently in SD 70, kindergarten to Grade 3 students have to walk up to four kilometres to catch a school bus. Students from Grades 4-12 have to walk five kilometres.

SD 70 has thus far abided by the regulation, Pinkerton said, even though the cookie-cutter policy didn’t exactly apply to the Alberni Valley’s rural areas.

But that’s about to change.

In September, marshaling areas will be established for students to group at and be picked up by a school bus. The new areas will require students to walk an average of one to two kilometres.

The plan is still being developed and will be announced when it is finalized, Pinkerton said.

Transportation by water taxi still remains an issue though, Pinkerton said.

Approximately 37 students in the West Coast portion of School District 70 go to school via water taxi.

The cost to take a bus to school is roughly $1,100 per student per year. The cost to take a water taxi to school is $6,500.

Secretary treasurer Lindsay Cheetam and Pinkerton met with officials from the Tlaoquiaht First Nation to spell out the district’s position, Cheetham said.

“We will be seeing a reduction in the number of boat runs starting now and leading into the future,” Cheetham said. “

The district is also examining school start times on the West Coast, Pinkerton said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

City of Port Alberni ponders future of uptown train station

Developer interest in heritage building prompts discussion on uptown revitalization

Join a food asset mapping focus group in Port Alberni

Learn about food mapping heritage in Port Alberni and Clayoquot Sound

Somass River sockeye fishery estimates cut in half

Local fisheries closed; poor ocean survival a prime suspect

‘Lightning’ hits Sproat Lake for annual regatta

Alberni Valley Regatta Association hosted sixth annual races

Port Alberni track and field athletes excel at BC championships

Pair brings home titles in javelin, hammer throw

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

B.C. shipyard to get one-third of $1.5 billion frigate-repair contract

The federal government has promised to invest $7.5 billion to maintain the 12 frigates

15-year-old with imitation gun caused ‘dynamic’ scene at Nanaimo mall

No one was harmed in Monday’s incident, say Nanaimo RCMP

Worried about bats? Here’s what to do if you come across one in B.C.

Bat expert with the BC Community Bat Program urges caution around the small creatures

Most Read