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Second trustee resigns SCDSB seat

Posted May 11, 2017

Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) trustee Annie Chandler, who represents Collingwood and Clearview Township, resigned her seat effective May 6, 2017, according to a press release this morning.

"Trustee Chandler resigned for personal reasons," Melanie Slade Morrison, SCDSB Manager of Communications, told Free Press Online this morning via email. "We have no further information to share as the Board has no authority to request the reasons why."

Ms. Chandler provided the following statement this afternoon to Free Press Online via email: "I have truly enjoyed my experience as an Education Trustee. I continue to be amazed by the innovative programs and supports in our schools. As I now take time with my family I plan to stay involved in an unofficial capacity and wish only the best for our teachers, administrators, students and their families. In our public education system, I encourage parents and communities to continue to advocate for what you believe is in the best interest of our students. It has been a pleasure to work with my fellow trustees and the administration at the SCDSB and I wish everyone all the best moving forward." (UPDATED from original post on May 11).

Ms. Chandler was serving her first term on the Board. She is the second trustee to resign from the Board since February. Pamela Hodgson, trustee for Wasaga Beach, Penetanguishene, and Tiny, stepped down for "personal reasons."

Ms. Hodgson was replaced by Angus resident Rob North, a former two-term chair of the Board who represented Essa and Adjala Tosorontio as a trustee while residing in Alliston at the time. Mr. North's selection as her replacement sparked criticism from Wasaga Beach mayor Brian Smith who called it "a slap in the face to the municipalities" in a published report.

The Board will follow the same procedure to replace Ms. Chandler, within 90 days after the office became vacant.

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