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Holy Spirit Catholic School Division makes busing change for fall

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The Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is making a big change to bus transportation this fall which could impact a number of students.

Superintendent Ken Sampson says while there is still a lot that needs to be determined when it comes to back-to-school in September, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent challenges.

A decision has now been made by Holy Spirit to only provide busing to and from school for students who live 2.4 km or more away from their designated school.

Sampson says they understand this is not ideal and inconveniences many families. The move is being made in order to provide transportation in a way that ensures the safety of students within the Catholic Division. “Our division staff have been working closely with our transportation partners to address the physical distancing guidelines set out by the Alberta Government”.

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The hope is this busing arrangement will only be temporary.

Holy Spirit families eligible for transportation will be receiving a survey in early August to help the school district establish rider lists and routes.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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