Letters: ‘Math is wrong’

Why is it so expensive to give bus rides to school?

Editor, The News:

Re: School busing.

Am I the only person who thinks that $650,000 is a lot to pay to transport 370 children to school?

That’s almost $17,000 per child.

Can the parents and the school board not come up with a cheaper way?

That money would be better spent for the benefit of the remaining children in the district.

But, wait a minute: $300,000 is still required to transport 34 special needs children. That’s more than $88,000 per child.

Then we have $100,000 to be used for before and after school care and a further $100,000 for ‘desperate’ cases.

That leaves $150,000 available for the remaining children, a drop in the bucket when it comes to the overall budget. So, what’s the point?

The board is disrupting the lives of hundreds of children, causing stress to parents, causing uproar and upset for little apparent gain.

Someone needs to take a hard look at the math here because something isn’t right.

Anne Rostvig

Maple Ridge

 

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