A Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district school bus. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Busing students to school isn’t a green solution

Keeping schools open in neighbourhoods a better use of education funding, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: B.C. gov’t providing $19 million for seismic upgrades at two Nanaimo schools, June 19

Last year, city council voted to declare a climate emergency for Nanaimo. How do all of these school expansion plans go together with that plan? Do the school district and city council work together? It would seem that a plan that includes busing children and/or necessitating more vehicles on the road when a school within walking distance is available, but needs fixing up, is outdated thinking and not in line with the city’s plans for more walking, biking etc as a community.

Hammond Bay may need an expansion, but aren’t we better served as a community and in line with the new climate emergency action plan to spend that money to fix Rutherford and reopen, get Hammond Bay overflow kids to the newly expanded Frank J. Ney and keep us all closer to our communities?

So many people have said this already, but it’s really time for the trustees to have forward thinking and not the same old, same old, or the same problems will keep dragging along from year to year, election to election. We need a plan that is a bigger picture than just the upgrade and expansion piece. How do we incorporate the city of Nanaimo’s pledge to focus on environmental issues?

Anita Hatch, Nanaimo

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