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Catholic school board’s bus cuts leave families scrambling

For the past few years, Suzanne Beldycki has relied on a school bus to take her three young children to class each morning at precisely 7:57 a.m. and bring them home at 3:30 p.m.

But as the school year turned to summer vacation, she had no idea her kids would be without a lift come September.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board has eliminated bus service in the coming school year for students who live within 1.5 kilometres of their school, leaving parents such as Beldycki high and dry.

“It is an essential service to a lot of parents, especially working parents,” said the Etobicoke mom, whose children will range from kindergarten to Grade 4 in the fall.

The cuts affect more than 7,000 elementary students who do not qualify for school bus service.

On Monday, the TCDSB will hold a special board meeting at 7 p.m. at the Catholic Education Centre to review the changes and hear concerns.

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