The funds will address 77 rural students needing a mode of transportation for their daily out of town commute.
This is a one time funding which applies to students in grade 7 – 12 for the 2014 – 2015 school season.
Director of Financial Services, Melany De Weerdt says the charge onto the municipality was unexpected, and she’s now looking into the budget and trying to garnish surplus from other projects or expenses in attempt help finance the initiative.
The website for School District 60 says after the financial details have been worked out with the local governments, refunds will be made to any families that have already paid fees from rural areas.
It is still important to register your student for bussing so the Transportation Department can build routes in the summer.
Registration forms are available at www.prn.bc.ca/transportation/.
At an undecided time in 2015, council will sit down with the Ministry of Education and try to hammer out a more long term solution for rural residents.