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Written by David Wegbreit   
Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
The rising cost of fuel has affected not only U.S. school districts and school bus contractors but also those neighbors to the north. In a united response to this issue, the Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) began pressuring the Ontario Ministry of Education last spring to conduct an independent survey on fuels costs.

"We’ve been telling the government that there’s got to be a better way to handle fuel," said OSBA Executive Director Richard Donaldson. "There has to be a more organized, planned approach to identifying the volatility of fuel costs."

Every March — the end of the government’s fiscal year — school funding levels are announced for the following academic year. Last June, those funds weren't enough to get districts and school bus operators through the end of the school year. So they turned to the Ministry for assistance and received an additional $7 million to cover the increased costs.

The Ministry is currently in the process of getting the study off the ground. In December, it selected BMB Consulting Services Inc., as the project consultant. The next phase, collecting data from school boards and bus operators through via confidential questionnaire, was to begin soon. A final report was due to the Ministry by March.

"I believe it would be a relatively short time before we see the information. Hopefully, some of the recommendations in the report can be seriously considered for the coming school year, but that has to be a determination of government," added Donaldson.

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