Sunday, September 24, 2023

Lethbridge City Council moves forward with operational review recommendations

Lethbridge City Council voting on a number of resolutions Monday, stemming from recommendations made in the phase one report of a recent operational review.

One of those recommendations, voted in favour of by council, was for the City to transition out of school bus operations.

Mayor Chris Spearman says Lethbridge was the only municipality in North America still providing school transportation services.

He says the decision will bring some angst with it but it makes the best financial sense for the City and its tax payers.

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Lethbridge’s school divisions meanwhile, released a joint statement Monday afternoon after Council voted on the bussing issue.

The Lethbridge School Division and Holy Spirit Catholic School Division say they are proud of the unique relationship developed with the city over a number of years adding it’s a relationship touted as a model to aspire to provincially.

Holy Spirit Superintendent Chris Smeaton says “it certainly came as quite a surprise to hear the collaboration we’ve shared has been burdensome.”

Both school divisions also say they have a number of concerns in relation to the operational review itself.

City Council also voted in favour of directing administration to explore ownership and operational alternatives for the ENMAX Centre and to report back by June 2020.

The cost savings of carrying out all phase one report recommendations is estimated at between $8.5 and $10 million.


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