Through its annual fleet renewal program, the provincial government is providing School District #27 with $452,016 of funding for the purchase of four new school buses, which will be delivered next spring.
Donna Barnett, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin says –
“As a resident of rural British Columbia and knowing the distances our buses with students travel, safety is a necessity for students and drivers. Parents need to know when their children ride on the school bus that they are safe.”
The Ministry of Education has worked with the Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. to procure the school buses using the Standing Offer Pricing model. Contractors, Independent schools and First Nations schools are also able to take advantage of this pricing which has resulted in savings of 10 to 15 per cent and saves districts significant administrative and staff time.
Over 1,000 buses are owned and operated by school districts with student transportation services costing more than $90 million annually. This year, the provincial government is providing $9 million to 22 school districts to purchase 76 buses. Districts will receive the new buses in spring 2015.