Tuesday, October 13, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“I’m very disappointed in the division in the way they handled this.”
- Richard Milford  
- on school bussing   


The recent changes to school division bussing policy have raised some ire among parents in the Crowsnest Pass, and a number of them are attempting to organize to express their dissatisfaction to the Livingstone Range School Division.
On Monday, October 5, 20 parents gathered at the meeting room in the Coleman Legion to discuss the issue and talk about their options for protesting the changes. They cited concern about the safety of children and about the added inconvenience and cost to struggling parents who might not be able to afford either.
The school division changed the bussing policy for the current school year, affecting several communities. Students within 2.4 km of the school they attend are not being picked up by the school bus, unless parents pay a $150 fee. Next year there will be no fee option; all students within that distance will not be picked up at all. Such a system has been the norm in some communities in the area, including Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod.
Parents at the meeting agreed that the Crowsnest Pass is a different type of community than others in the school division, with hillier terrain, more unpredictable weather, no public transport options in place, several areas without sidewalks, and no proper crosswalks for the highway.
Several areas were noted as safety concerns, primarily in Coleman. Jamie Thompson, one of the meeting organizers, said that she was concerned with young children walking from Bushtown to Horace Allen School. They would have to cross the tracks, walk through what she felt were potentially unsavory areas of downtown Coleman, and navigate the blind corner at the underpass at Flumerfelt Park, she said.
Tracey Linderman expressed similar concern for high school students having to cross the highway or walk along the side of the highway to reach the school. It was also noted that there are no sidewalks along Highway 40, which can become slippery and dangerous in the winter.
... for the full story, see the October 13 issue of the Pass Herald.
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