Government seeking proposals for school transportation review

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Education Minister Clyde Jackman — Telegram file photo

The provincial government has issued a request for proposals for an independent consultant to review and evaluate provincial school transportation policies and guidelines.

A news release notes the review will include an evaluation of service delivery models, school busing eligibility zones, courtesy seating arrangements, the delivery of driver training programs, an examination into the relative benefits of surveillance cameras and other technological equipment designed to enhance student safety.

“The focus of the consultant’s work will be to review current policies and practices and determine how to enhance school transportation services within existing budgets,” said Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education.

“Almost $48 million is currently spent on school transportation services each year — getting our students to and from their zoned schools in a safe and reliable manner. It is incumbent on us to determine whether that system is running as efficiently and effectively as possible, and what changes may be made to improve the existing service in both urban and rural areas of the province.”

The consultant’s work will involve a review of programs in other jurisdictions, including data collection and analysis of the current programs, policies and practices.

Information on current school busing policies and guidelines can be viewed at: www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/busing/index.html.

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  • H Sturge
    November 20, 2012 - 11:58

    I think the most important issue facing school bus safety is the absence of seat belts in busses that routinely travel on the TCH and other routes with speed limits over 50 kph. I don't understand why we wait until a disaster happens on our highway to do the right thing and offer our most precious resource, our children, protection. Surely we are failing these children if we won't speak up now and try and ensure their safety. If this can't be federally mandated, let's lead the way, and not be the next to say,'we must prevent this tragedy from happening again'. I'd much rather hear,'let's prevent this tragedy from happening'. PERIOD!

  • D Lodge
    November 16, 2012 - 14:56

    So the government is going to seek proposals to review school bus Transportation now, after the ESDNL recomends closing five schools and busing them to other schools. Shouldn't the review be done prior to closing more schools , especially in Rural NL, where the school is a very important part of that community, and the kids are bused over greater distances? They plan to close schools such as the model one they have in Catalina to save money, and fill space in other schools in other communities. What about the affects this will have on this community and especially the kids who will have to be bused past a perfectly good school in Catalina. The school in Catalina first...your school could be next, its time for all rural NL to put a stop to this now, your school could be next.