Sam Van Schie
June 22, 2012
Some 500 students attending public schools outside their assigned catchment area will have to pay to ride the school bus beginning next September.
This after a motion to keep busses free for all students was narrowly defeated by a 5-4 vote at a June 19 board meeting of the Kootenay Lake School District.
Board vice chair Lenora Trenaman, trustee for Crawford Bay, introduced the motion to remove the fee, citing her longstanding belief that public education should be free.
“It’s not fair for the families who won’t be able to send a student to their school of choice because they can’t afford the fee,” Trenaman said.
The new fees were introduced in the 2012/2013 budget, approved by the board of trustees in May.
Families will be charged $20 per month ($200 for the school year) per student or $50 per month ($500 for the school year) for three students or more going to the same school. There will be a 10 per cent discount for paying the full amount in September.
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