Trustees

Simcoe County public ratepayers elect trustees to a four-year term. The SCDSB is governed by 12 trustees - 11 elected to represent the various municipalities of Simcoe County and one appointed to represent the county's First Nation communities.

Student Trustees - In addition, three students are elected by the SCDSB Student Senate to serve as trustees each year. See more about this year's student trustees.

School Board Meetings - School Board meetings are usually held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (August to June) in the Education Centre. Board standing committees that help to break down the complexity of this large system include: Human Resources, Program, Business & Facilities, and Special Education Advisory.


What do Trustees do?

School board trustees are the members of the district school board. They are locally-elected representatives of the public, and they are the community’s advocate for public education. They are required to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the Education Act.

A trustee’s role is to maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being and to participate in making decisions that benefit the entire board district while representing the interests of their constituents. Trustees must also communicate the views and decisions of the board back to their constituents.

A trustee is responsible for identifying the needs and priorities of their community and for ensuring these are considered in the decisions that result in practical educational opportunities for students. In doing so, trustees must mediate among conflicting interests and values. A trustee must do this in collaboration with the other members of the school board be developing policies that work for all students, and ensuring they are implemented effectively.

Only the Board of Trustees (the Board), not an individual trustee, has the authority to make decisions or take action. Trustees are required to uphold the implementation of any Board resolution after it is passed by the Board. In exercising their role, they are required to comply with the Board’s code of conduct.

2014-2018 Board of Trustees

 

Kathleen Aikins

Aikins, Kathleen

Barrie, Wards 1,2,3
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Donna Armstrong

Armstrong, Donna

Innisfil

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Peter Beacock

Beacock, Peter

Oro-Medonte & Springwater (Chairperson)
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Jennifer Cameron

Cameron, Jennifer

Barrie Wards 7,8,9,10

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Donna DaSilva

DaSilva, Donna

New Tecumseth & Bradford West Gwillimbury
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Suzanne LeyLey, Suzanne

Collingwood & Clearview

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Photo of Jodi LloydLloyd, Jodi

Orillia, Ramara (Vice-Chairperson)

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Michele LockeLocke, Michele

Midland, Tay, Severn

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Krista MayneMayne, Krista

Barrie Wards 4,5,6

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Robert NorthNorth, Robert

Penetanguishene, Tiny, Wasaga Beach

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Brandy RafeekRafeek, Brandy

Adjala-Tosorontio, Essa & CFB Borden

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DanielShilling, Daniel

Representing First Nation Communities
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The role of Trustees

 

1. Maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being and participate in making decisions that benefit the entire board.

2. Establish policy direction.

3. Fiscal responsibility - Annually approve the budget to ensure that financial resources are allocated to achieve the desired results.

4. Prepare for and participate in all committee and board meetings.

5. Be accountable to the province and the electorate.

6. Respond to the concerns of parents and others.