Axed babysitter bus service leaves parents in a pinch

A group of parents near Truro say they're scrambling for child care after the school board cancelled the after-school bus service.

Salmon River bus used to drop kids off at daycare

A group of parents near Truro say they're scrambling for child care after the local school board cancelled the after-school bus service.

Twenty-one families at Valley Elementary School in Salmon River depend on school buses to drop their children off to their after-school daycare

It's a four-minute drive to local babysitters.

But on Monday, the service stopped.

“The bus would be overloaded. So the decision had to be made to stop the courtesy busing so there was enough room for all of the students who were actually on the dedicated run,” said Chignecto-Central Regional School Board spokeswoman Debbie Buott-Matheson.

Gail Inch's sons, ages 6 and 8, took the bus.  She said she feels like she’s being forced to choose between her kids and her jobs.

“They're telling us that we can't work. I'm a working mom. My husband works outside of Truro. He's not home in the evenings. They're expecting me to leave work every day at 2:15 to drive my kids to the babysitters?” she said.

Inch said she think the cancellation is a symptom of bad planning.

“They should have had transportation in at the beginning of the year counting the kids and looking for a resolution of how to fix this,” she said.

“You know it's not fair.”

The cash-strapped Chignecto-Central Regional School board said the only solution is to add another bus at a cost of $56,000 a year.  The parents say there must be a cheaper alternative. 

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