In this age where an educated population is more important than ever, we of North Durham have to make our voices heard, to ensure that our children receive this education. Within the local context, this means being actively interested in our representation at the Durham District School Board.
The purpose of this letter is to raise the alarm. As was the case with Lakeridge Health and the possible reduction of service at Port Perry Hospital, we of North Durham need to make our voices heard. With the upcoming municipal elections, we are facing the possibility of a reduction in representation, from 2 to 1 trustee, on the Durham District School Board. We need to let our board of Education know, the diversity of human and physical geography within our community has, and still does require 2 trustees to adequately represent us.
A staff report was received by the board this week which supports the board petitioning the government to allow the board an increased number of trustees from 11 to 12 based upon the growth in population in Durham region. We must ensure that our board follows through on this recommendation, and that if the request is denied by the government we insist on the status quo for the upcoming municipal election.
Without our active participation, the loudest voices will be those of our southern neighbours, and we in Canada know all about southern neighbours. Whitby with its expanding population is requesting an increase in their representative number, from 2 to 3, thereby reducing our representation to 1.
Make your voice heard! Email the board chair, at Michael.Barrett@ddsb.ca, email your local M.P.P. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time is of the essence, as a board decision could come as early as March 19th.
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