Transportation Rider Fee
With the introduction of Bill 1,and with the approval of the Fees Schedule at Parkland School Division's Regular Board meeting April 4, 2017, effective for the 2017-2018 school year, the Division will no longer have jurisdiction to charge a parent of a student fees with respect to instructional supplies and materials or transportation for students residing more than 2.4 kilometers from and who attend their designated school sites. The previous Transportation Rider fee of $50 per student has been eliminated.
In Alberta, Section 51(3) of the School Act states that a Board may charge a parent of a student receiving transportation provided by the Board any fee determined by the Board.
Parkland School Division’s previous practice is that urban ineligible (for funding) students pay the approved fee to a maximum family rate. If the student does not attend their designated school, a cross attendance fee is implemented. Rural students were charged only the cross boundary fee where applicable. In order to balance the transportation budget, the Board established a transportation surcharge in 2013-2014. At the Regular Board Meeting on April 5, 2016, the Board approved the name change of the Transportation Surcharge to Transportation Rider Fee and subsequently passed a recommendation for a fee increase to take affect in the 2016-2017 school year.
The approved increase to transportation fees is required to maintain the current level of transportation services to the families within Parkland School Division Regional Transportation service area. This fee increase is a result of the need to manage the operating funding gap between the expected transportation service level and the available transportation grant funding.
The fee increase for the Transportation Rider Fee, formerly Transportation Surcharge, is $0.50 per month, or a total increase of $5.00 per year. The total annual Transportation Rider Fee of $50.00 is less than $0.28 cents per day per student based on 184 days of transportation services.
Please feel free to contact Transportation Services should you have any additional questions.