BC community school board trustee defends publicly owned bus system
Model has already seen efficiencies amid deep cuts in recent years.
COWICHAN, BC, September 21, 2011: School Board Trustee Eden Haythornthwaite reminds us that "nothing is free", especially privatized public services, which cost more for less.
"I read with some bewilderment the proposal Mr. Sawchuk outlined regarding the privatization of our school district busing as a means to save dollars.
Our transportation and maintenance facilities are a remarkable feat in effective use of public money. School District 79 Cowichan transports over 5,000 students to and from school each day in the safest and greenest manner possible.
Transportation funding allocations have been frozen in this province for almost a decade.
To meet this funding challenge, our busing department has endured cuts to runs resulting in fuel savings but also loss of income for our drivers..."
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Posted: September 21, 2011
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