We had planned to begin our Walking School Bus fall program this coming Monday, Sept 16. However, earlier this week the Columbia Public School Board (CPS) was unable to come to a decision on whether to include the Walking School Bus in their budget and tabled the issue.
Unfortunately, because of the critical timing of this decision, in that WSB was scheduled to start this coming Monday, we have made the decision to postpone the WSB for the fall semester. We will continue negotiating with CPS over the next couple months and hope to have a revised contract for the Board of Education to approve at the October or November Board meeting, but any contract would be only for the spring semester. Unfortunately, there will be no Walking School Bus this fall.
Please continue to advocate to the Board of Education on our behalf to support negotations with us and come to an agreement with us so the WSB can continue next semester. You can email all the Board of Education members at the same time by clicking on the link here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you for your support and interest in participating in the Walking School Bus. We truly appreciate it.
Abby St. George
Walking School Bus Coordinator
PedNet Coalition, Inc.