Meeting with school bus operators on Thursday

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PHILIPSBURG – In the general interest and safety of students and the public, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports (MECYS) as well as the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (TEATT) are of the opinion that all school bus activities must be regulated by law, and there must be certain binding agreements in place to ensure that all parties are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs, and on behalf of Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (TEATTT) Ingrid Arrindell are inviting all School Bus Operators to a meeting scheduled for June 30, at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall from 3:30pm-5:30pm to discuss the draft Service Level Agreement (SLA) and School Bussing Policy.

It has been Government’s intention to restructure and reorganize the current bussing system for quite some time, which was reiterated during the last meeting held in March. The goal is to implement the new School Bussing Policy in the new school year 2016-2017.

A copy of both documents can be obtained at the Department of Education, Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, located at the N. De Brot Street #3, Vlaun Building, in Philipsburg.

MECYS and TEATT are looking forward to a fruitful meeting, to collaboratively come up with a safer, efficient and cost effective School Bus Transportation Service.

For further information contact: Diedra Sprott; diedra.sprott@sintmaartengov.org (ECYS 542-2363) or Lucien Wilson; lucien.wilson@sintmaartengov.org (TEATT 542-4509).