Local school boards fear rising student transportation costs

In a joint press release to the media, the UCDSB and their co-terminus English Language Catholic counterpart, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) state that both school boards saw a deficit in their 2017-2018 budgets as a result of rising rural busing costs.

“The CDSBEO has posted its year-end financial statements that included an overspending in transportation for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2018 amounting to $5.8 million,” the UCDSB press release reads. “Trustees with the UCDSB also received a report about finances for the 2017-2018 budget year, presenting an overspending in transportation of $9.5 million related to unexpected increases in the cost to provide busing for students.”

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