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School district board recommends lowering student busing increase

SD23 reduces busing hike

Parents of students within the Central Okanagan School District are getting a break on busing fee increases.

During a spirited board meeting Wednesday, trustees recommended fee increase of $75 a year per student.

The increase, along with other proposed changes, would come into effect for the next school year if approved.

The original proposal, put forth by the transportation steering committee, suggested doubling the current yearly fee from $225 to $450.

Recommendations came out of a lengthy consultation period in which suggested an increase in fees to help reduce the district's annual busing deficit, pegged at more than $3.1 million this year.

The planning and facilities committee decided against recommending the proposed changes, instead asking for further information on fees, walk limits and additional routes.

The board also made some alterations to the rider eligibility limits.

The walk limit for elementary schools will be set at 3.0 kilometres, middle schools 4.0 kilometres and secondary schools 4.8 kilometres.

Registration for busing would open March 2, with a closing deadline of May 31.

The board is expected to approve the changes when it meets again Feb. 26.



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