as a result from the parent evening on May 10 with presence of the director of the school Mr Gassner and the head of the städtische Schul- und Sportamt (SuS) Mr Frisch the originally foreseen cuttings in the financial support of our school busses has been suspended for one year.
at 19:30 about 40 to 50 parents were present together with the Transport responsibles and the director of the school Mr Gassner and the head of the städtische Schul- und Sportamt (SuS) Mr Frisch.
Mr Gassner opened, explained the situation of the school and the importance of the transport for it. Mr Frisch took over summarising the situation of the SuS showing the need for saving money.
Olaf Walter then explained the actual situation and the proposed changes. The presentation you will find for download on the bottom of this side.
There was quite an emotional discussion on the possible changes in the transport, it is obvious and clear that the parents concerned were (and are) not happy.
As a result the proposed changes or cuts of lines including the optimised routes of remaining lines will be overworked within the next weeks/months and published before the end of this school term. The situation for the new school year will be known by the end of the ongoing. Parents are involved in this process.
The discussion closed ca at 21:30. The length of this parent evening reflects perfectly the importance of a functioning transport for the parents.
as proposed by the transport committe before there has been installed during the parent evening on May 10 a working group in order to address the problem of combining the necessity to save money with the best possible solution respecting the needs of the parents and pupils to the highest possible extent.
If you think that you should be a member of this working in order to make sure that your aspects will be discussed please send an email to email@example.com.
The points to be addressed are:
on a short term: what could be the best solution for the school term 2017/18
on a long term: making the transport fit for the future: independent financing combined with good service
The städtische Schul- and Sportamt (SuS) is going to shorten the support for the transport of the school pupils. Background is that we receive a quite substantial support from them in the height of ca 100000 € per year for the school busses in addition to the general support for the ScoolCards. The public transportation situation in Karlsruhe has however strongly improved
during the past decade(s) so that from point of view of the SuS a re-organisation is absolutely necessary and reasonable. According to SuS not for all the pupils approaching the school today the school bus is the only possibility to arrive there. In quite some cases other possibilities exist which could be used at least by the pupils from the Oberschule. As one (major side-) effect of this optimisation of the transport issues at the school the SuS expects a sustainable save in their expenses. This is as well highly desired besides the town as other expensive projects exist so that household consolidation is needed.
This means in simple clear words, we are requested to re-organise the transport of the pupils with the start of the new school term in that way that as minimum one bus line (better two or three, best all) will be obsolete. Additional funding for new bus lines will be given only in the height of what SuS is obliged to, which is far too few to represent a sustainable contribution for covering costs.
What is our goal with this background:
1) we will cooperate with the SuS as they are our partner in financial support for pupils transportation, even if they are going decrease their subvention
2) we will try to re-organise the entire pupil transport in that way that even if the number of lines will decrease the service will hopefully not suffer too much. Once when we have a point with which the SuS agrees as well then we would like to fix it and sign this agreement with the SuS which should be valid for some years.
3) we try to keep the entire procedure transparent and open for anybody.
4) we have to start to think about alternative funding possibilities or a complete privatisation of the bus transport. New ideas are requested, conventional or heretic, then we can evaluate, and then we can decide.