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Gaspé Polyvalente anglophone parents nervous over French-speaking bus drivers

07/23/2015 03:55 EDT | Updated 07/23/2016 05:59 EDT
Parents of anglophone students at a high school in Gaspé, Que. are concerned after the Eastern Shores School Board decided to combine bus services with the French school board, the Commission Scolaire des Chics-Chocs, to cut costs.

Several anglophone bus drivers lost their jobs in the cuts, and starting in September, there will be no more English-speaking drivers on the buses.

Shelley Annet is worried because her daughter has autism and doesn't speak French. She said many of the kids who attend the anglophone section of Gaspé Polyvalente don't speak French.

But a spokesman for the Eastern Shores School Board said the buses will continue to take the same routes and children should not be affected by the change.

Howard Miller said the cuts are necessary because of the provincial Liberal government's budget cuts. He said putting anglophone and francophone students on the same bus helped the board avoid cutting teaching positions.

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