The province has struck a new task force to provide recommendations on the future of student transportation across the province.
Chaired by Lethbridge-East MLA Nathan Neudorf, the task force also includes four other government MLAs and 13 members from the student transportation industry, community partners and various education organizations. The group will meet virtually until further notice and provide recommendations in the fall.
Since there is no direct representation by the teaching profession on the task force, Alberta Teachers’ Association president Jason Schilling said the ATA will watch how it rolls out and offer its input if needed.
“We hope the task force makes an effort to talk to principals and other school leaders, as busing does impact the scheduling of the school day and other decisions that may have pedagogical implications,” Schilling said. ❚
Student Transportation Task Force members
- Nathan Neudorf—MLA for Lethbridge – East, chair
- Tracy Allard—MLA for Grande Prairie
- Michaela Glasgo—MLA for Brooks–Medicine Hat
- Nate Horner—MLA for Drumheller–Stettler
- Matt Jones—MLA for Calgary–South East
Representatives from key education and community partners
- Josée Devaney—Fédération des Conseils Scolaires Francophones de l’Alberta
- Dexter Durfey—Association of School Business Officials of Alberta
- Trisha Estabrooks—Alberta School Boards Association
- Brenda Gibson—College of Alberta School Superintendents
- Andrew Knack—Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
- Jody McKinnon—Student Transportation Association of Alberta
- Kathy Rooyakkers—Rural Municipalities of Alberta
- Jacquie Surgenor—Alberta School Councils’ Association
- Chris Gilmore—Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools
Representatives from student transportation industry groups
- Yacine Belhadj—
First Student, Inc.
- Mark Critch—
- Brian Hauptman—Golden Arrow Buses
- Jonathan Weal—
Pacific Western Transportation (Southland Transportation)