Eight-year-old Anneke and 10-year-old Luc VanderVelde shy away from traffic on Silver Star Road. (Lisa VanderVelde Photography)

Eight-year-old Anneke and 10-year-old Luc VanderVelde shy away from traffic on Silver Star Road. (Lisa VanderVelde Photography)

Input on Vernon school bus changes sought

The Vernon School District is looking for feedback on changes to their transportation policies

Since its formation in November, the Vernon School District’s transportation review committee has set its sights on the controversial decision to implement a new courtesy rider fee.

The committee – comprised of trustees Gen Acton, Lori Mindnich and Mark Olsen among other stakeholders and other members – was established to consider feedback and develop recommended changes to the policies.

“Having received the report from the committee, the board of education now invites the public to provide feedback on the recommendations presented by the committee,” the District said in a release.

Read more: Vernon committee looks to tackle school bus issues

Six recommendations were proposed to the board.

One of the past board’s controversial decisions, the implementation of a $300 courtesy rider fee, is up for recommended changes. Under the recommendation, all students would pay a registration fee of $25, plus an additional $175 for courtesy riders. The net impact of this change is estimated at an increase of $40,575.

Another recommendation seeks to alter the bus route stop regulation by adding a line that reads, “Bus stops (for any one bus) should be spaced not less than one (1) km apart on highways and roads with sidewalks, and should be spaced not less than 700 metres apart on gravel roads without sidewalks.” That recommendation comes with an estimated price tag of $60,000.

In addition, the committee recommended that the board change the walk limit eligibility from 2.4 kilometres to two kilometres for elementary school students and three kilometres for secondary students.

In an effort to achieve estimated savings of $165,000 and increase efficiency, the committee also recommends staggered bell times.

Read more: Potential bus changes drive concern

Read more: Seatbelts on school buses would come with safety, cost concerns

“It was suggested staggered bell times would also improve wait times for students in the morning, so improving service to students,” the survey reads. “School buses would drop off elementary students, and then complete the runs for high school students, for a class start time of approximately 9 a.m.”

Other recommendations include the establishment of an appeals committee to review concerns and complaints from parents who want to appeal a decision made by the transportation department and a rider eligibility addition for special needs transportation.

The survey is available online at sd.22.bc.ca until 4 p.m. Monday, April 15.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

The BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) handed out fines to two anglers on Shuswap Lake who were both casting more than one line, in violation of provincial regulations, Saturday, May 15, 2021. (COS photo)
Conservation officers snag Shuswap anglers for unlawful fishing

Two anglers were given $150 fines for casting two lines at once, against provincial regulations

The Kalamalka Lake water source is being turned off next week starting on Monday, May 17, 2021 for some operational repairs. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kalamalka Lake water source turning off for repairs starting Monday

Greater Vernon Water expects the repairs to last one week

Vernon Search and Rescue's Legacy vessel is returning to Okanagan Lake for boating season, the society said Friday, May 14, 2021. (VSAR photo)
Vernon Search and Rescue vessel returns to Okanagan Lake

VSAR’s Legacy is back with a fresh coat of paint and some other upgrades

Construction is a booming industry around town, including work at the 27th Street lot next to Co-op, where a car wash and Triple O’s are being built. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Construction hammers ahead in Vernon

Building permits and values on pace to beat 2020

(Bob Fleming photo)
The Regional District of North Okanagan is in talks with Electoral Area B and C neighbourhoods regarding the potential to extend a future community sewer system to include their properties. (Bob Fleming photo)
More neighbourhoods could be added to new North Okanagan sewer system

Switches from septic to sewer would likely increase development, housing density, the RDNO says

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

A man and woman, both 33 and from Kelowna, were arrested on Postill Lake Forest Service Road in possession of two stolen vehicles Friday, May 14, 2021. (File photo)
Kelowna duo arrested with stolen vehicles after ‘brief’ bicycle getaway attempt

A man and a woman were arrested on a forest service road on numerous pending charges

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

People shop in Chinatown in Vancouver on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver community leaders call for action following 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

‘The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America,’ says Carol Lee

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Doctor Jessica Luksts is being recognized on BC Family Doctor Day for her part in the early days of the pandemic. (Submitted)
Celebrate BC Family Doctor Day on May 19

The South Okanagan Similkameen has over 80 family doctors serving the community

COVID-19 virus. (Black Press Media file)
COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Kelowna retirement home

The outbreak at Sandalwood Retirement Resort was initially announced by Interior Health on April 23

Most Read