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HSD sets transportation policy meeting date

Posted on April 9, 2015 by Vauxhall Advance

By J.W. Schnarr
Taber Times

The Horizon School Division board of trustees will be bringing back their stalled transportation policy for another round of discussion on June 8.

During their regular meeting on March 31, the board addressed the issue of setting a discussion date for the policy, which garnered a lot of public discussion and interest with the spectre of fees being applied to out-of-area student busing. While a large number of parents said they were not interested in those fees, the policy itself, which includes a number of other busing issues, is still on the table.

“It’s important to recognize the message that might be out there is that the board has dropped transportation, and that it is not moving forward with transportation,” said Wilco Tymensen, school superintendent. “From my understanding, that is not at all the case.” He added the intent of the board seemed to be that they wanted to revisit the policy and make some adjustments based on ‘significant’ input from parents.

“In March, when we said we were not moving ahead with that first meeting, it meant we would set a date for that first reading to discuss transportation,” he said.

During their regular meeting in March, Vice Chair Bruce Francis said, in his opinion, fees were “definitely out the window”. However, the board had plans on moving ahead with discussion regarding the policy but had not set a date for those discussions.

Policies do not take effect until they have passed third reading. This transportation policy has yet to pass a first reading.

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