Durham District School Board votes to cut North Durham representation

The Durham District School Board has voted to reduce North Durham representation from two trustees to one.

Earlier this month, the board sought public input on the proposed changes, launching a survey for residents across the region on March 6.

Brock councillors voted Monday (March 26) to support a notice of motion from the Township of Scugog expressing opposition to the decision.

In the notice of motion, Scugog requests that the Durham District School Board reconsider their decision on the distribution of trustees and guarantee the northern three municipalities of Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock their two trustees.

“I’m very disappointed. I think we need the trustee. the population is growing, we’re building a new school, I’m very disappointed,” said Ward 2 Councillor Cyndi Schaffer.

Her colleagues agreed, noting their disappointment that the school board did not reach out directly to the Township for comment.

“This was, in opinion, very poorly handled,” said Regional Councillor Ted Smith.

On March 6, the school board outlined the considerations for altering the trustee allocation. The options were maintaining the status quo, where Brock and Uxbridge continue to be represented by one trustee with another representing Scugog, or having one trustee represent the three northern township, while Whitby would gain an additional seat on the board.

Last week, the school board voted for the second option, leaving the northern townships with one less seat and Whitby with one more.