Election race heats up in Simcoe County school boards


10 trustee seats will be elected for the Simcoe County District School Board and six for the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board in the October 24 municipal and school board elections.

About 55 candidates have put their names forward for 19 trustee seats on the Simcoe County District School Board and Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board this time around, all hoping to be elected to advocate for education needs. in Simcoe County.

The public ratepayers of Simcoe County elect trustees to four-year terms. Among other duties, school trustees oversee the development of policies and procedures that guide school boards in their operations and help establish budgets.

Since Monday, three positions have been acclaimed as candidates ran unopposed. On the public board, New Tecumseth incumbent Sarah Beitz will serve another term. On the Catholic council, newcomer Michael D’Amelio representing Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny, Tay was acclaimed, as was incumbent Jill Colin representing Orillia, Ramara, Severn and Oro-Medonte.

The Simcoe County District School Board consists of 87 elementary schools, 15 secondary schools, and seven learning centers. The schools serve approximately 55,925 students.

The public council is governed by 12 trustees – 11 elected to represent the various municipalities of Simcoe County and one appointed to represent the county’s First Nations communities.

The board oversees the administration of an operating budget of $654 million in 2022.

In the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, there are eight elected trustees. The board includes 50 schools – 41 elementary schools and nine high schools in Simcoe County – and serves about 21,000 students.

The operating budget for the 2022-2023 school year was $298,394,673.

Voters will only vote for one of the council directors. By default, a voter card will include the English public board (Simcoe County District School Board), unless a voter has remitted their school board taxes to a Catholic or French board.

Election day is October 24.

You can confirm that you are registered to vote in municipal and school board elections online at votelookup.ca.

Candidates for the Simcoe County District School Board (11 elected seats)

Township of Adjala-Tosorontio, CFB Borden, Township of Clearview, Township of Essa

  • Brandy Rafeek and Douglas Yeaman

Town of New Tecumseth

Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury

  • Debbie Connors (incumbent), Nusrat Awan and Sylvester Murray

Town of Innisfil

  • Michael Cardwell, Donna Armstrong (incumbent) and Dana Stott

Township of Oro-Medonte, Township of Springwater

  • Liz Grummett, Christina Meredith and Leeann Pendleton

Town of Collingwood, Town of Wasaga Beach

  • Mike Foley, Al Halimic, Bob Lima, Barbara-Anne Smith and Audrey Stukas

Town of Midland, Town of Penetanguishene, Township of Tay, Township of Tiny

  • Tyler Boswell (incumbent) and Robin Talbot

City of Orillia, Township of Ramara, Township of Severn

  • Jodi Lloyd (holder) and Meghan Dunlop

City of Barrie — Wards 1, 2 and 3

  • David O’Brien (holder), Alexis Clark, Lynn Strachan and Suzanna McCarthy

City of Barrie — Wards 4, 5 and 6

  • Beth Mouratidis (incumbent), Ken Boate and Dana Powell

City of Barrie — Wards 7, 8, 9 and 10

  • Steven Mallon, Sean Fitzgerald, Dani Robinson, Rob Cunningham, Kevin Berry, Lisa-Marie Wilson (incumbent) and Caitlin Morrison

Candidates for the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (8 elected seats)

Barrie (Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Mathew Varsava, Robert LeCollier and Susan van Amelsvoort

Barrie (Wards 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10)

  • Maria Hardie (incumbent), Amanda Fellows and Ilona Zankivica-Rivera

Essa, Adjala-Tosorontio-CFB, New Tecumseth

  • Janice Hutchison (holder) and Carla Beckett

Huntsville, Muskoka Lakes, Lake of Bays, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Georgian Bay, Parry Sound

  • Joshua Boutotte and Aidan Harold

Clearview, Collingwood, Springwater, Wasaga Beach

  • Diane Belvedere, Shawn Cooper, Heather Eby, Carol Fraser and Kelly-Anne Kenny

Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny, Tay

  • Michael D’Amelio (acclaimed)

Bradford West Gwillimbury, Innisfil

  • Jeanny Salmon (holder), Tanya Da Silva and Katarina Gottfried

Orillia, Ramara, Severn, Oro-Medonte


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