North Durham Trustee Position Reallocated
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/23/2018 7:22:00 AM.

There are concerns in north Durham over the loss of a trustee for the area in the upcoming municipal election. On Monday, the Durham District School Board voted 7-4 in favour of reallocating one of the 2 North Durham seats to Whitby. The Board had applied to the Province to expand the number of trustees to twelve from eleven to cover Whitby which has experienced rapid growth. The Province said no to the request arguing that data from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation showed that Durham doesn’t meet the population threshold for an additional trustee. The Durham District School Board then had 2 options. It could remain at status quo or reallocate one of the North Durham trustee positions. Despite a survey in which 206 of 284 respondents recommended maintaining the status quo, the Board voted Monday to reallocate the North Durham seat. While the communities of Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock have a combined 7,311 students, Scugog trustee Carolyn Morton says it’s a huge workload for one person, adding North Durham students face unique issues such as transportation challenges and a lack of internet access.