Bus just what col­lege needed

North Coast Weekender - - News -

KINROSS Col­lege is set to get its first school bus, with the State Gov­ern­ment pro­vid­ing $70,000.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery vis­ited the school on Au­gust 3 with Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard to an­nounce the fund­ing, pro­vided through the Lo­cal Projects Lo­cal Jobs pro­gram.

Prin­ci­pal Rod Buck­e­nara said the State funds would cover about half the cost of the bus, en­abling the school to buy one sooner than it could if it had to save money for it.

“Get­ting out­side com­pa­nies to come and run ex­cur­sions for us is very ex­pen­sive,” he said.

Mr Buck­e­nara said the col­lege would use the bus, which he hoped to buy this year, to take its 650 stu­dents on ex­cur­sions, and in the cadet, out­door ed­u­ca­tion and sport­ing programs.

“The school com­mu­nity has been calling for a new school bus for years,” Mr Folkard said.

“This fund­ing will al­low greater mo­bil­ity and in­de­pen­dence for Kinross Col­lege.

“Kinross Col­lege has an ac­tive par­ent body, which has been work­ing hard to se­cure ex­tra re­sources for their school.”

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Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sue Ellery, Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard and Kinross Col­lege’s Sa­mara Lette and Da­mon Mal­lows.

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