More than 35,000 students are transported to Calgary Board of Education schools
every day. The reasons for this are varied. In some cases, it is because funding for
new schools has not kept pace with the growth of new communities; students need to
travel to schools out of their neighbourhoods. In other cases, families choose to send
their children to alternative programs. Some students’ exceptional learning needs are
best met in special settings outside their neighbourhoods. As a result, CBE students
take either charter buses (the iconic yellow school bus) or Calgary Transit.
Transporting students is a financial challenge because the cost exceeds provincial
funding. The CBE charges fees to parents to close the funding gap. For the 2012-13
school year, extensive community consultation was sought to develop an equitable
transportation fee schedule. After consideration of input from more than 4,500
respondents, transportation fees were set at $215 per year for all Kindergarten
students, and $295 per year for all other students, regardless of program, individual
need or distance travelled.
The CBE provides a rebate of $19 per month to students in Grades 7 to 12 who use
Calgary Transit to get to and from school.
For the 2012-13 school year, provincial funding for transportation was about $32.0
million. The actual estimated cost of transportation for students is approximately
$39.8 million. Most of the gap is closed by fees. The CBE projects a small
The Board of Trustees continues to ask the provincial government to consider a new
metro funding framework that would meet the needs of our students and reduce the
financial burden on families.
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