Permanent solution sought for busing issue for Waycobah students
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The band had withdrawn bus transportation for students who don’t attend the on-reserve school.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.