Hamilton Mountain school busing issue not over

News Sep 11, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

A school bus might still pick up some Cardinal Heights grads who chose Sir Allan MacNab as their high school.

“It’s not a done deal that we’re not going to give them transportation,” said Wes Hicks, the public school board trustee for Ward 8.

“(Senior staff) said they were going to review it and get back to me.”

Hicks said he wants to know how many students are affected and the feasibility of transporting them to MacNab by school bus.

Because Hill Park Secondary School was closed a year earlier than planned, the latest crop of graduates from Cardinal Heights were given the choice of attending Henderson (formerly Barton) or MacNab.

Parent Michelle Fedor-Curtis told the Mountain News that after attending a school meeting last winter, she was left with the impression a school bus would take her son and others to MacNab.

She said she was surprised to find out the week before school started that he would have to travel by city bus, a journey that would take about an hour over two routes.

“I’m hoping they come up with something before the weather turns,” said Fedor-Curtis.

Lillian Orban, the trustee for Ward 7, said she understood that in such a situation, the board would provide a school bus.

“I always thought if you were grandfathered, you got transportation,” the central Mountain trustee said.

“I believe we as a board should be responsible, because we’re closing their school, so wherever they needed to go, the bus would be provided.”

Michael Prendergast, school board superintendent for the area, referred Mountain News calls to Pam Reinholdt, an executive superintendent with the board. She did not reply to requests for comment by deadline Tuesday morning.

Hamilton Mountain school busing issue not over

News Sep 11, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

A school bus might still pick up some Cardinal Heights grads who chose Sir Allan MacNab as their high school.

“It’s not a done deal that we’re not going to give them transportation,” said Wes Hicks, the public school board trustee for Ward 8.

“(Senior staff) said they were going to review it and get back to me.”

Hicks said he wants to know how many students are affected and the feasibility of transporting them to MacNab by school bus.

Because Hill Park Secondary School was closed a year earlier than planned, the latest crop of graduates from Cardinal Heights were given the choice of attending Henderson (formerly Barton) or MacNab.

Parent Michelle Fedor-Curtis told the Mountain News that after attending a school meeting last winter, she was left with the impression a school bus would take her son and others to MacNab.

She said she was surprised to find out the week before school started that he would have to travel by city bus, a journey that would take about an hour over two routes.

“I’m hoping they come up with something before the weather turns,” said Fedor-Curtis.

Lillian Orban, the trustee for Ward 7, said she understood that in such a situation, the board would provide a school bus.

“I always thought if you were grandfathered, you got transportation,” the central Mountain trustee said.

“I believe we as a board should be responsible, because we’re closing their school, so wherever they needed to go, the bus would be provided.”

Michael Prendergast, school board superintendent for the area, referred Mountain News calls to Pam Reinholdt, an executive superintendent with the board. She did not reply to requests for comment by deadline Tuesday morning.

Hamilton Mountain school busing issue not over

News Sep 11, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

A school bus might still pick up some Cardinal Heights grads who chose Sir Allan MacNab as their high school.

“It’s not a done deal that we’re not going to give them transportation,” said Wes Hicks, the public school board trustee for Ward 8.

“(Senior staff) said they were going to review it and get back to me.”

Hicks said he wants to know how many students are affected and the feasibility of transporting them to MacNab by school bus.

Because Hill Park Secondary School was closed a year earlier than planned, the latest crop of graduates from Cardinal Heights were given the choice of attending Henderson (formerly Barton) or MacNab.

Parent Michelle Fedor-Curtis told the Mountain News that after attending a school meeting last winter, she was left with the impression a school bus would take her son and others to MacNab.

She said she was surprised to find out the week before school started that he would have to travel by city bus, a journey that would take about an hour over two routes.

“I’m hoping they come up with something before the weather turns,” said Fedor-Curtis.

Lillian Orban, the trustee for Ward 7, said she understood that in such a situation, the board would provide a school bus.

“I always thought if you were grandfathered, you got transportation,” the central Mountain trustee said.

“I believe we as a board should be responsible, because we’re closing their school, so wherever they needed to go, the bus would be provided.”

Michael Prendergast, school board superintendent for the area, referred Mountain News calls to Pam Reinholdt, an executive superintendent with the board. She did not reply to requests for comment by deadline Tuesday morning.