March 17, 2021 Board Meeting News

March 18th, 2021

Regional Office –

2021-2022 busing fees approved

Each year the board establishes transportation fees for:

  • In-town busing
  • Rural students accessing transportation to a school of choice
  • Alternate sites for students accessing more than one bus stop

As these services are not required or funded by Alberta Education, the division provides them for a fee to cover the cost of providing the service. Further analysis of the in-town bus routes indicate that they are not operating on a cost recovery basis and the board wants to consider alternative ways to offer in-town busing without subsidizing the cost. Following a review at their February 24th meeting, the board requested that administration provide further cost recovery options for in-town busing.

After reviewing 11 different options, lengthy discussion and two defeated board motions, the board approved the following transportation rates for 2021-2022:

  • In-town busing fees will be set at $415 per student per year—a $55 increase from the current rate of $360
    • To lessen the financial impact on families, the in-town fee increase to obtain cost recovery will occur over a two year period.
    • Rates for PUF*/Kindergarten students are prorated at 50%. *PUF refers to pre-school and or Kindergarten aged students identified with specific needs according to AB Education’s Program Unit Funding conditions. 
    • Priority will be given to PUF/Kindergarten to Grade 6 students.
    • A route for in-town service will not be offered if it falls below a utilization rate of 35%.
    • Only one route will be offered in-town unless a second route can be offered on a cost-recovery basis.
  • Rural busing fees for students leaving their attendance area to attend a school of choice will remain unchanged at $460 per student per year.
  • The fee for alternate site requests will remain unchanged at $50 per student per year.

View the 2021-2022 Transportation Rates Annex online at

Neerlandia Alternate Calendar Approved

In follow-up to the February 24th board meeting, amendments were made to the 2021-2022 Neerlandia Public Christian School Alternate Calendar to align operational days with other schools. The revised calendar was approved by the board and is available at

Check out the board meeting agenda and minutes for more information.

The next school board meeting is at the Regional Office on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 starting at 9:00 a.m. Members of the public are invited to view a livestream of the meeting on our website.