Walking School Bus Needs Your Help!
For nearly 10 years the Walking School Bus has been 100% grant-funded and subsidized through PedNet Coalition. Currently there is no grant funding available for its continuation but Columbia Public Schools administrators have taken an innovative and progressive step in support of active transportation and Safe Routes to School by considering including the Walking School Bus in their budget. However, before we can move forward, this action needs School Board approval.
On Monday night the Columbia Public School Board voted to table the Walking School Bus funding proposal. The Walking School Bus program will be discussed at another meeting sometime this year. However, we are not exactly sure when that will be. The Walking School Bus program will not operate this school year until it is officially voted on. Approximately 450 students will have to find an alternative way to and from school starting next week as a result of the tabling.
How can you help?
· Email CPS School Board members (contact information listed below) encouraging them to bring WSB back to the table for discussion soon
· Share information on Facebook and Twitter accounts encouraging friends and family to contact CPS School Board members
· Contact CPS administration (contact information listed below) thanking them for their support of WSB and asking them to encourage WSB be brought back to the table for discussion.
School Board Members
Christine King (President)
James Whitt (Vice President)
Jan Mees (Member)
Darin Preis (Member)
Dr. Tom Rose
Jonathan Sessions (Member)
Helen Wade (Member)
Columbia Public School Administrators
Dr. Chris Belcher
Dr. Nick Boren
Dr. Peter Stiepleman