Fees for riding school buses may be considered as the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district grapples with ways to save money.
About 10 per cent of the nearly 13,400 students in the district rely on school buses. But with decreasing enrolment and ongoing financial pressures, the district is looking at options.
A review of the district's bus services is now under way. Until Oct. 1, parents can comment on the issue on the district's website.
Jamie Brennan, chairman of the school board, said the district would look at cutting underutilized routes and adding fares.
Tamela Gunnell, a parent of two children at North Oyster Elementary in Ladysmith, said she'd be happy if the bus arrived on time.
"I realize the district is trying to do the best they can with what they have, but the one recommendation I have is for the board and the transportation department to be on the same page with the bus service," she said.
The district allocates about $1.2 million a year in provincial funding for transportation, but spends about 40 per cent more than that.
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