Provincial approval means three new buses on the way for Cowichan

The Cowichan Valley school district can now acquire three school buses for a cost of $380,858.

Provincial approval came in for the purchase this week, according to district operations manager Monroe Grobe.

"These were submitted as part of the capital plan for the year," he said. "We just got the announcement."

"These buses are more than $100,000 apiece but that is not expensive when you consider what they are for," he said.

"They’ve got to carry kids.

There are a lot of safety standards, federal standards that we have to live up to."

This year, through its fleet renewal program, the provincial government has approved $9 million for buses for 22 school districts across the province.

This is the fourth year that the Ministry of Education has worked with the Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. to procure buses in bulk. Previously, school districts negotiated with bus providers individually.

Doing it this way can mean savings of between 10-15 per cent.

Asked how district busing is going in general this fall, Grobe was pleased.

"It’s actually been better this year. Last year we just issued bus passes to every registered rider," he said. "This year because of the fee for service we are only issuing passes to those riders that have paid. So the important thing is that it gives us a bit of a gauge in identifying those who haven’t registered. That’s our target right now, to get them registered."

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cowichan residents can Climb for Alzheimer’s in their own backyard

for the first time ever, open to anyone, anywhere in the province

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

‘Forest Defenders’ occupy road to prevent logging company from reaching Port Renfrew-area watershed

B.C. records 30-50 new COVID-19 cases a day over weekend, no new deaths

Many of those testing positive were identified by contact tracing for being linked to other confirmed infections

Five B.C. First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

Rent-relief program becomes new front in fight between Liberals, opposition

Opposition trying to draw parallels between decision to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. run program and the WE controversy

Nanaimo woman will buy ‘supersonic’ hair dryer after $500,000 lotto win

Debra Allen won $500,000 in July 28 Lotto Max draw

Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1% for EI calculation

Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate was 10.9 per cent in July

Cougar euthanized after attacking little dog in Qualicum area

Owner freed pet by whacking big cat, but dog didn’t survive the attack

$45K in donations received after couple’s sudden death in Tulameen

Sarah MacDermid, 31, and Casey Bussiere, 37, died August long weekend

Most Read