Larry Espe on Kelowna's school bus fees

Trustees in Kelowna announced on Thursday, parents will have to pay 20 dollars a month for each child to ride the school bus.

The money will go towards covering School District 23’s three million dollar budget shortfall. The district hopes to cut the shortfall by about one million dollars. Special needs and students in wheelchairs won’t be charged and there will be deals for large families, and exemptions for families that can’t afford to pay.

Superintendent Larry Espe says School District 60’s budget isn’t looking as bad as Kelowna’s. He says the economy has affected the budget, but nothing has been changed.

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But, he says, the district is conducting program reviews to see if there is any way to trim back on spending. Espe says there has been no talk amongst the school board to introduce any school bus fees.

He says if things get worse, it might be something the board would review.

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However, Espe says the issue isn’t on the agenda any time soon. He says the board is committed to avoiding budget cuts whenever possible.

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