Under an intergovernmental agreement, Portland Public Schools will contribute $950,000 to extend Youth Pass for the 2012-13 school year. The school district’s portion of the agreement was included in the 2012-13 budget approved by the school board and will not affect other programs.
Superintendent Carole Smith said, “We appreciate the collaboration between the City of Portland, TriMet and Portland Public Schools, which will keep bus services available to our students for the coming school year. By providing accessible transportation, Youth Pass helps students get to school -- and stay engaged and on-track throughout the school year. At a time when public agencies are all facing difficult budget challenges, we are pleased that we can maintain partnerships like Youth Pass that benefit our students. We appreciate the leadership of Mayor Sam Adams and TriMet General Manager Neil MacFarlane and we look forward to working with them to find a long-term plan to maintain funding for Youth Pass in the future.”
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