Per­ma­nent so­lu­tion sought for bus­ing is­sue for Way­cobah stu­dents

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PORT HAST­INGS — The su­per­in­ten­dent of the Strait Re­gional School Board hopes that now that a tem­po­rary fix has been found a more per­ma­nent an­swer will be forth­com­ing to pro­vide trans­porta­tion to Way­cobah stu­dents who at­tend schools out­side of the First Na­tion com­mu­nity.

Last month, word came that the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Way­cobah Chief Mor­ley Goo­goo had come up with a so­lu­tion to the bus­ing is­sue for the stu­dents.

The band had with­drawn bus trans­porta­tion for stu­dents who don’t at­tend the on-re­serve school.

“ The bus­ing looks ex­actly like it did in the 08-09 school year, they’re con­tracted bus­ing and de­liv­er­ing stu­dents over to Why­co­co­magh Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre and the stu­dents who are go­ing to Dal­brae (Academy in Mabou) get on the Dal­brae bus at that point, and the re­verse in the af­ter­noon,” su­per­in­ten­dent Jack Beaton said.

SRSB staff worked closely with the depart­ment on the is­sue to make sure they un­der­stood the board’s con­cerns for stu­dents, who were ei­ther forced to walk along a busy high­way or get drives from their par­ents, chair Mary Jess MacDon­ald said.

At­ten­dance wasn’t af­fected, Beaton added.

“ We’re hop­ing that, in the mean­time, a more per­ma­nent so­lu­tion will be ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the prov­ince and the band,” he said.

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