Falkland parents want bus service

A group of parents has asked the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District to extend bus service

Some Falkland residents are tired of the bus leaving their children on the side of the road.

A group of parents has asked the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District to extend bus service to them even though they and their elementary aged children live in the adjacent Kamloops district.

Parent Jacqui Gingras says the current bus stop for the 10 children is at Six Mile, which is eight kilometres from the proposed stop of Moser Road ,on the Chase-Falkland Road.

She points out that while they are in the Kamloops School District boundary and should be affiliated with a school in Chase, they live closer to Falkland.

It would be a minimum 1.5 hour-long bus ride to Chase rather than 15 to 30 minutes to Falkland, and they are serviced by other government departments out of Falkland.

“We are not willing to consider having the Chase bus come to pick up our children and would respectfully submit that it would cost more financially, environmentally and socially to send our children to Chase,” said Gingras.

For the bus to travel to Moser Road it would have to go into Kamloops district, which a couple of North Okanagan-Shuswap trustees say has not been well received when discussed with their Kamloops counterparts.

However, Gingras said she had a talk with the Kamloops board chairperson about the possible change and she believes the discussion was positive.

Dave Witt, North Okanagan-Shuswap superintendent, will contact the Kamloops district and pursue the matter further.

The parents also asked the school district to consider having the boundary changed so they are in the North Okanagan-Shuswap district.