School District 76 gets a new bus provider

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A change in busing for school district 76 will mean a loss of jobs. Tot-em has had the busing contract for the last 30 years with the city’s public schools and will have to lay off 35 employees once this contract ends. Tot-em’s chief operating officer Nigel Taylor says that the last couple of days have been very emotional for everyone. The provincial government ruled that all school boards had to review busing contracts and when a contract ended it had to be opened up for bids. Southland will be be the new provider for School District 76. Superintendent Dr. Grant Henderson said that Southland’s bid was cheaper and also provided more service and buses. Tot’ems contract with the catholic board is also up for review, and the outcome of the bidding process should be revealed in the next few days