By Letter to the Editor on January 15, 2020.
With the recent departure of Lethbridge City Manager Bramwell Strain, after less than a year and a half on the job, there is an opportunity to revisit one of his most controversial recommendations: that the City divest its involvement with school bus transportation.
For 50 years the City and the Lethbridge Public and Holly Spirit School Boards have co-operated in providing school bus transportation which was safe, convenient and cost-effective. To suddenly decide at this late date that the City needs of get out of this successful partnership because of liability concerns does not stand up to scrutiny.
The major reason liability has not been an issue over a period of half a century is that the partners have worked out a system that works. But if there should be a liability issue in the future, is there anyone who seriously believes the school boards wouldn’t be at the table with the City to find a solution? This is Lethbridge, and we do partnerships well!
Robert D. Tarleck