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News: Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

District begins review of Transportation Services

How can we sustainably provide school bus services in the district? The Abbotsford School District is asking that question as part of a review of its 2019/2020 transportation review. The district is inviting all parents and guardians, regardless if they use school transportation or not, to provide feedback on key issues.

At last night’s first information meeting, details were presented by school district staff, and an opportunity was provided for the public to ask questions and provide input. Secretary-Treasurer, Ray Velestuk, spoke to a crowd of over 60 parents and guardians, noting the four key transportation issues the district is facing:

“We continue to spend money for transportation services beyond the resources available, which negatively impacts the district's budget and takes money away from educational services. We are seeing an increasing demand from parents and schools for more routes and more buses, which exceeds our current capacity. We continue to have issues recruiting and maintaining a robust pool of bus drivers. And, the Ministry of Education has announced a new funding model that creates some level of budget uncertainty, which will impact the sustainability of current transportation services.”

The school district has launched an online exchange forum, where families can provide their comments on transportation, and rank ideas of importance. The exchange is open to all families within the school district. Comments, thoughts and ideas on how transportation services can be improved in the Abbotsford School District will be collected until December 20th, 2019, at 4 pm.

“We encourage our families, especially those who utilize a school bus to get to and from school, to take some time to provide comments in our online exchange,” noted Stan Petersen, Chair for the Abbotsford Board of Education. “This review of the district's transportation services was approved in the fall by the Board. Following the information meetings and some further consultation in early 2020, we anticipate a report will be brought to the Board after spring break.”

Abbotsford School District families can participate in the Transportation Exchange by visiting: http://bit.ly/ABBY-Transportation-Review

Further details about the transportation review will be posted on the school district website: https://www.abbyschools.ca/about-us/public-consultations/transportation-review


Media Contact:

Kayla Stuckart, Manager of Communications
Phone: (604) 859 – 4891 ext. 1206
Email: kayla.stuckart@abbyschools.ca

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