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UXBRIDGE: A new trustee has been appointed by the Durham District School Board (DDSB) for Uxbridge and Brock townships after the passing of former trustee, Elinor Hansen.
On April 18th, Gordon Baxter was appointed to fill the vacancy for the position. The board chose to appoint the runner up in the 2014 election instead of spending $40,000 on a by-election.
Mr. Baxter has spent a long-time volunteering with School Committee Councils, during his 40 years living in Uxbridge. He also has prior experience as a DDSB trustee, having worked the 2003-2006 term and has ran in almost every election.
“I am looking forward to going to the schools, meeting the parents or guardians, and helping wherever I can.” Mr. Baxter said. “That’s where my heart is. I like helping people, especially with all the problems and day to day stuff with schools.”
Board Chairperson, Michael Barrett worked with Mr. Baxter during his time as trustee from 2003 to 2006 and says he has been a strong voice for the community.
“He was a strong advocate for making sure the school meets the needs of the community,” Mr. Barrett said.
He is confident Mr. Baxter will be a good fit for the position, because of his time spent volunteering with the board and prior experience as trustee.
“Gordon has always had, and continues to have involvement in his community, whether it’s through the regional school’s community council or through his own community councils,” Mr. Barrett said.
He also feels the transition into the role will be smooth for Mr. Baxter.
“He is certainly going to hit the ground running, because he understands the structure. A lot has changed in the last decade, but he will be able to get up to speed very quickly, as we deal with some very significant issues at the board,” Mr. Barrett said. “I certainly am looking forward to working with Gord,” Mr. Barrett said.
The trustee’s job involves voicing concerns from the community, balancing budgets, creating new programs, and getting funding from the government.
Mr. Baxter hopes to help open a new school in Beaverton during his time as trustee.