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Title: Public Consultation Session 7:00 pm, Tuesday March 28, 2006 2006/2007 Shared Transportation Plans for St.Teresa


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Public Consultation Session 700 pm, Tuesday
March 28, 2006 2006/2007 Shared Transportation
Plans for St.Teresas ES, Westmount PS,
St.Catherine ES, Keith Wightman PS and St.
Alphonsus ES
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Meeting Purpose
  • Provide an overview of shared transportation
    plans for St.Teresas, Westmount, St.Catherine,
    Keith Wightman and St. Alphonsus schools.
  • Seek input from school communities concerning
    proposed plans.
  • Describe next steps.

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Shared Transportation
  • In 2005 KPRDSB and PVNCCDSB formed a shared
    transportation organization called
  • Student Transportation Services of Central
    Ontario (STSCO).
  • STSCO integrates planning and provision of
    student transportation for local school boards.
  • STSCO oversees the daily operation of all home to
    school transportation for local school boards
    which includes transporting over 32,000 students
    to 136 schools.

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STSCOS Organization
  1. Governance Committee made up of Board Chairs,
    Directors and Business Superintendents.
  2. Administration Team made up of Business
    Superintendents and Chief Administrative Officer.
  3. Staff reporting to Chief Administrative Officer.

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Shared Transportation Initiatives to
Date (students ride to school together)
  • Campbellford area schools
  • Grafton area schools
  • Lakefield/Buckhorn area schools
  • Ennismore/Bridgenorth schools
  • Norwood/Havelock area schools
  • Cobourg area (secondary students)

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Efficiency Review Projects
  • The Boards have asked that STSCO consider
    additional shared transportation for the 2006/07
    school year.
  • Four major areas are being reviewed, including
    Peterborough, Cavan/Millbrook/South Monaghan,
    Courtice and Bowmanville.
  • Plans involve either
  • students sharing ride to school together where
    schools are near each other and
    catchment/boundary areas are similar or
  • multiple running of buses, where vehicles
    complete two separate bus routes and transport
    two sets of students consecutively.

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Planning Approach
  • Two major considerations in shared busing are
    distance between schools and the degree to which
    schools share common catchment/boundary areas.
  • Merging transportation for students from
    different schools requires a comprehensive
    approach which considers
  • appropriately combining bus routes and stops
  • implications for students (ride time, transfer
    needs, stop locations, walk distances)
  • implications for school and staff (school hours,
    supervision, bus loading zones etc.) and
  • financial implications (cost savings).

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2006/07 Plans St. Teresas, Westmount, St.
Catherine, Keith Wightman, St. Alphonsus
  • The plans involve reducing total number of school
    buses and vans from 29 to 23
  • Duplication of service would be eliminated as
    students share the same buses where possible and
    where it makes sense.
  • Students from St. Alphonsus and Keith Wightman
    will ride together.
  • Students from St. Teresas and Westmount will
    ride together.
  • Students living in the common Westmount and St.
    Catherine boundary/catchment areas will ride
    together

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Student Transfers
  • St.Alphonsus would serve as a transfer point
    French Immersion Students would continue to
    transfer to St. Catherine and a Westmount
    transfer would be added.
  • Westmount French Immersion Students living north
    of Lansdowne Street in the Kawartha Heights area
    may ride together with St. Catherine students and
    transfer to Westmount from St. Catherine ES.

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Transfers St. Alphonsus
  • St. Catherine French Immersion Students have
    ridden with their St. Alphonsus counterparts for
    many years.
  • Effective and safe transfers have been provided
    for under the supervision of St. Alphonsus School
    Administration.
  • A bus would be designated as the Westmount
    transfer, students would arrive in the morning
    and safely wait at St. Alphonsus along the
    sidewalk for boarding of their transfer. They
    would then ride to St. Teresas ES, disembark and
    walk along the path to Westmount PS.

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Transfers St. Catherine
  • Westmount students would ride together with St.
    Catherine students from the Kawartha Heights area
    and transfer to Westmount from St. Catherine ES.
  • Westmount students living within reasonable
    walking distance to St. Catherine ES would catch
    the Westmount transfer bus at St. Catherine
    School.

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School Hours
  • School hours will require minor adjustment
  • St. Teresas current - 855 a.m.
    to 325 p.m.
  • 2006/07- 855 a.m.
    to 325 p.m.
  • Westmount current - 900 a.m.
    to 330 p.m.
  • 2006/07-
    855 a.m. to 325 p.m.
  • St. Catherine current - 900
    a.m. to 320 p.m.
  • 2006/07 -
    900 a.m. to 320 p.m.
  • Keith Wightman current - 855 a.m. to
    315 p.m.
  • 2006/07 -
    855 a.m. to 325 p.m.
  • St. Alphonsus current - 855 a.m.
    to 330 p.m.
  • 2006/07 -
    855 a.m. to 330 p.m.
  • Staggering school hours will support sharing.

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Supervision Issues
  • Bus supervision at St. Alphonsus and St.
    Catherines should not be significantly affected.
  • St. Alphonsus and/or St. Catherine ES may require
    help and addition of a bus duty assistant as
    additional Westmount students will now also
    transfer at these locations.

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Implications for Students/Families
  1. Bus stops are centralized using existing stops
    wherever possible, nearby students walk to them
    in accordance with Board Policy.
  2. Ride time will adhere to Board Policy.
  3. Walk to stop distances will meet Board Policy
    with effort to ensure that distances remain
    reasonable.
  4. Walk to school distances will meet Board Policy,
    some areas will no longer be bus eligible (i.e.
    area north of Parkhill, west of Wallis).

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Implications for Schools/Staff
  1. St. Alphonsus and St. Catherine may require
    additional bus duty supervision.
  2. Schools will have to coordinate in dealing with
    incidents involving student behaviour on buses.
  3. Fewer school buses in system means fewer vehicles
    for schools to coordinate and administer on
    aggregate basis.

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Financial Implications
  • Reducing number of buses used will result in
    savings for Boards (est. 140,000 per year)
  • Fewer vehicles and less km traveled will minimize
    wear and tear on roads, as well as reduce exhaust
    emissions.

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Other Issues
  • Schools will be supported by STSCO in maintaining
    safety and good student behaviour on buses
  • Resources available include
  • First Rider Program
  • Emergency evacuation training
  • Student behaviour management training for bus
    drivers
  • video surveillance onboard buses

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Next Steps
  • March to early-April - Gather input from school
    community and others.
  • email comments_at_STSCO.ca
  • 2) Late-April - Finalize plans taking into
    account input received, notify school
    communities.

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Next Steps Continued
  • 3) June Distribute busing information to
    families and schools.
  • August Open Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
    system for use in families confirming bus
    information.
  • September School begins and new shared
    transportation system launched.

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