A CBC interview with Jim Cambridge (the Superintendent of the Sooke School District 62) indicates there are about 300 students on the school bus waitlist. School begins the day after Labour Day, on Tuesday September 5. Read the full CBC article here. Listen to this morning’s interview by CBC’s Jason D’Souza of All Points West with Jim Cambridge here:
Fees for school buses in the Sooke District were eliminated September, 2016, and remain free for the 2017/18 school year.
As in previous years, parents had to pre-register their child(ren) for a spot on the school bus. It was on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registration closed in June but was temporarily re-open in August for late registrations.
A total of 3,000 students were registered for school bus transportation, with another 450 added during the late registration. Growth was anticipated (especially in West Shore), and an additional 300 spots were added last year.
The area serviced by the Sooke School District have experienced significant growth in the past few years, and movement of families over the summer is difficult to predict. Cambridge said that 19 portables have been added over the summer, with 10 more coming. This growth is mirrored in school registration and bus ridership.
The Sooke School District (SD62) serves Kindergarten to Grade 12 students from Sooke, Port Renfrew, the Highlands, Metchosin, Colwood and Langford.
In the CBC interview, Cambridge assures listeners that extra buses will be on hand to deal with any overloads when school begins on September 5. Conversations for more long-term solutions (school space as well as transportation) continue.