Consultations to determine future of school busing in Kelowna

School buses on the line?

The Central Okanagan School District spends more than $3 million each year on student transportation. But could that money be better spent elsewhere?

Over the next three months, the district will hold a series of public consultations to discuss the transportation system and how best to spend those funds.

These are intended to get feedback from parents and students which will help form recommendations for school trustees to review. The consultation period entails:

  • Oct. 15-28: public survey on transportation
  • Dec. 2: Recommendations published on transportation review website
  • Dec. 3-12: Drop-in public meetings to review recommendations:
  1. Canyon Falls Middle School – Dec. 3 (6-7:30 p.m.)
  2. George Elliot Secondary School – Dec. 5 (6-7:30 p.m.)
  3. Mount Boucherie Secondary School – Dec. 9 (6-7:30 p.m.)
  4. Rutland Secondary School - Dec. 10 (6-7:30 p.m.)
  5. Dr. Knox Middle School - Dec. 12 (6-7:30 p.m.)
  • De. 2-23: public survey on recommendations
  • February 2020: Final recommendations to policy committee
  • February 2020: Board of education reviews final recommendations and makes policy and fee decisions.

"Currently, the district allocates $3.1 million in operating funding to transportation that it could allocate to other priorities, such as educational supports," the district said in a news release.

"The district encourages all families, including those who do not receive bus service, to participate in these consultations to inform decisions as the board sets transportation service levels and determines its budget priorities for future school years."

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