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Some Fee Increases Set for 2021-2022

March 16, 2021 - At a Special Board Meeting on Thursday March 11, 2021, Parkland School Division's Board of Trustees approved the Fees & Allowances Schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. The approved fees outlined in the appendices of Administrative Procedure 522: Fees, are based on the current provincial funding model and adjustments may be required based on changes in provincial funding models. Fee increases are required to operate the regional transportation system on a break-even basis. It is important to note that this does not, and by legislation, cannot generate revenue that would be then applied to classroom expenditures. The fee increases will offset anticipated increases in fuel, carbon tax and contractor rates due to inflation and insurance. The majority of riders that access Parkland School Division's Regional Transportation system access the services for less than 17 cents per trip. 

Key changes for the fee schedule include:

  • Eligible riders for students attending Grades 1 - 12 will see a minimal increase of $10 to maintain service levels.
  • Ineligible urban students (those who reside less than 2.4km away from their designated school) will see an increase of $75 bringing that rate up to $525 for Grades 1 through 12 students.
  • Ineligible rural students (those who reside less than 2.4km away from their designated school) will see an increase of $150 bringing that rate up to $450 for Grades 1 through 12 and full-time Kindergarten. ($75 for half-time Kindergarten students) The family maximum rate will be increased to $1,125. The plan is still to increase it over time to eventually be equivalent to their urban counterparts. Fees are being increased to move fees for non-funded students towards the actual cost of transporting a student (~$1,100) while minimizing the fees to funded students.
  • For eligible riders, the $60 annual fee works out to less than 17 cents per trip.
  • For those unfunded, ineligible urban riders, a Grade 1 - 12 student can ride the bus all school year for $1.44 per trip.

 

Bus Pass Fee Breakdown

Ineligible Urban students attending their designated school who reside less than 2.4km away 

Cost
(per child)

2020-2021

Cost
(per child)

2021-2022

ECS (full day/half time)* $225 $262
Grades 1 - 12 $450 $525
Maximum rate per family $1,125 $1,315

Ineligible Rural students attending their designated school who reside less than 2.4km away 

   
Kindergarten (full day/half time)* $150 $225
Grades 1 - 12 and Full Time Kindergarten $300 $450
Maximum Rate Per Family $750 $1,125

Students attending a school other than their designated school (School-of-choice)

   
Kindergarten (full day/half time)* $285 $322
Grades 1 - 12 and Full Time Kindergarten $570 $645
Maximum Rate Per Family $1,425 $1,615

Eligible students attending their designated school who reside more than 2.4km away

 

   
Kindergarten (full day/half time)* $25 $30
Grades 1 - 12 and Full Time Kindergarten $50 $60
Maximum Rate Per Family $125 $150

Private School

   
Private School ECS (full day/half time)**  $500 $525
Private School Grades 1 - 12 $1,000 $1,050

* ECS transportation is for full day kindergarten two days per week with alternating Fridays.

** ECS transportation is for full day kindergarten two days per week with alternating Fridays and applies only to students residing less than 2.4km away from their Private School