School board trustees are locally elected and represent the public’s interests, so what exactly does that look like in practice?
The Simcoe County District School Board has 12 trustees that serve for four-year terms. Eleven of them are elected to represent the various municipalities of Simcoe County and one is appointed to represent the county’s First Nations communities. Their responsibilities are outlined in the education act.
Many of the trustees told Simcoe.com they decided to run for election because they had children in the school board and were either unhappy or frustrated with decisions being made at the time, and felt they could bring a more positive perspective to the table, or they believe strongly in the value of a good education.