- $240/yearly pass - Kindergarten to Grade 12 students who reside at least 2.4 km from their designated school.
- $360/yearly pass - Kindergarten to Grade 9 students who reside between 1.6 km and 2.4 km from their designated elementary or junior high school, and high school students attending IB or AP.
- $390/yearly pass - Kindergarten to Grade 12 students eligible for a stand-by pass.
- Replacement pass - $15
A maximum rate per family is available for families of four or more children requiring bus passes.
The full amount of the fee is due when the pass is issued. Exceptions because of financial circumstances require approval by the Manager, Transportation Services.
Pro-rated refunds may be approved on the basis of an acceptable reason for no longer requiring bus service.
Returned cheques will result in a $25 administration charge.
Why are fees going up for 2016-2017?
A fee increase is required for a number of reasons:
- Government funding has been frozen at the same rate since 2012. In addition, the government eliminated the fuel contingency program in 2013.
- Carrier rates continue to increase.
- The district continues to implement a number of initiatives that have increased student safety and parent convenience. This includes new software that tracks students, and a transportation app which allows parents to monitor their child’s bus status.
- The City of St. Albert is growing, as is the number of students in our school district. As the city expands and our ridership grows, so too does the complexity of our routes. The district strives to provide a high level of service based on maintaining reasonable ride times for students, while traffic in the city becomes more congested. This comes at a cost.
- When our two new schools open in the next few years, we anticipate a reduction in provincial government transportation grants. Previously grant-eligible students will no longer be funded because of their proximity to the new schools. This makes future increases in bus fees likely and will bring us closer to the fees charged in surrounding districts.
While we seek to run a very efficient transportation system and are always looking for ways to improve, the bottom line is that we have two sources of funding for transportation: provincial government grants and student bus fees. If transportation costs are not covered through these two sources, our only other option is to pull money from the classroom to subsidize busing. This is, clearly, not a desired solution, and therefore we made the difficult decision to raise fees. Our fees are still well below those of our surrounding school boards, as indicated in the chart below. Please note that some of the other districts in the chart have not yet announced their rates for next year, so current rates are quoted.
*Students who live 2.4 km walking distance from their designated school. These students receive provincial funding.
**K-9 students who live between 1.6-2.4 km walking distance from their designated school, and high school students attending IB or AP. These students do not receive provincial funding but qualify for busing by district standards.
***Students who do not qualify for busing (e.g. they live closer than 1.6 km from their designated school, attend a school other than their designated school or attend a program of choice).