School buses stand at the ready in the Sooke School District yard off Jacklin Road behind the SD62 offices.

School District 62 to add four vehicles to bus fleet

Average cost equates to more than $170,000 per bus

Sooke School District has four new buses coming to its fleet.

The SD62 board of education voted unanimously last week to spend $684,772 on the new vehicles, which will bring the total number of buses in the fleet to 38.

“Student population for ridership has definitely impacted the busing services,” said Trustee Denise Riley, “so we have to have additional buses to service all the students in the district.”

Three of the four will be servicing the West Shore, with the fourth to be used on runs in the Sooke area. There are a total of 29 routes throughout the district, separated into the Belmont (including Royal Bay) and the Sooke zones.

The extra buses will give the district a larger reserve of vehicles from which to draw for to-and-from school transportation and field trips.

“We had four or five additional buses (available) to do field trips during the day,” said district secretary-treasurer Harold Cull, adding that mechanical breakdowns or other emergencies could sometimes leave just one extra bus. “(That) is too few buses to be able to have a reserve.”

The new 84-seat, rear-engine buses are expected to arrive prior to March 31 and are being paid for by the Ministry of Education.

alim@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Drunk drivers targeted in Sooke

Police also on lookout for those driving high

Custom motorcycle and wood cutter stolen from Sooke motorcycle shop

2006 Husqvarna motorcycle and 2-ton log splitter taken from outbuilding

Saanich Police board chair supports department in case over fired officer, but key questions remain

Case involves former Saanich constable who was the subject of 15 separate misconduct allegations

Remember Spunky? Santa came out to Sidney to check on him

Red-tailed Hawk made headlines last year after being stolen, raised by eagles

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

‘Ghost bikes’ installed to remember teen cyclists who died in Port Alberni

Cycle Alberni installs memorials to remember teens, remind all about road safety

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Most Read