Peterborough-Northumberland area students to benefit from increased support for student transportation



    Joint transportation services found to be efficient

    PETERBOROUGH AND NORTHUMBERLAND, ON, April 23 /CNW/ - Students in
publicly funded schools in the Peterborough-Northumberland area will benefit
from improved transportation funding, announced Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal and
Northumberland MPP Lou Rinaldi.
    "Our government is working with school boards to change the way student
transportation is funded," said Leal. "Our boards are benefiting from the new
funding because an independent review shows that their quality services are
also highly efficient."
    "We applaud the great work done by boards in the
Peterborough-Northumberland area to come together and form a very efficient
transportation consortia," said Rinaldi.
    In June 2006, as part of the 2006-07 Grants for Student Needs, a new
approach to student transportation funding was announced. The approach
includes:
    
    -  a requirement for boards to develop transportation consortia
    -  effectiveness and efficiency reviews of consortia conducted by a
       review team led by Deloitte & Touche
    -  a study by independent consultants of the benchmark cost for a school
       bus that incorporates standards for safe vehicles and trained drivers
    -  additional funding for consortia facing a gap between spending and
       funding.
    

    The Peterborough-Northumberland area consortium - Student Transportation
Services of Central Ontario - was rated "moderate-high" by the independent
review team. This consortium includes the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School
Board (DSB), the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic
DSB, and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud.
    As a result of the review, the ministry has provided the boards with
about $530,000 in additional annual funding. The review identified many best
practices and some opportunities for improvement. The proposed improvements
are designed to further strengthen board capacity to deliver safe, effective
and efficient student transportation services.
    Since 2003-04, the government has increased funding for student
transportation by 17 per cent - an increase of more than $110 million. For
boards in the Peterborough-Northumberland area, the additional transportation
funding since 2003-04 includes:
    
    -  $2.7 million - an increase of 19 per cent - for the Kawartha Pine
       Ridge DSB
    -  $1.2 million - an increase of 13 per cent - for the Peterborough
       Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic DSB
    -  $2.1 million - an increase of 17 per cent - for the Conseil scolaire
       de district catholique Centre-Sud

    "Our new approach to transportation funding delivers results for boards
and students," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "We're helping boards
to provide good service to students and good value to taxpayers."

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For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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