My name is Stephen Donkers, and I'm proud to say that I am a resident of Barrie. As a long time resident, I have become an active community member in our local politics. Over the last four years, I have observed with disappointment of the mismanaged handling of the Barrie Central Collegiate issue. Barrie Central DESERVES honesty. Our local schools DESERVE honesty. Leadership DESERVES honesty. I am running to be the next Simcoe County District School Board Trustee for Wards 1, 2 and 3 because I want to be the Trustee that will stand up and show the courage to make the best decisions possible for our elementary schools, public schools and the Barrie Learning Centre.
The intention from the beginning has always been to close Barrie Central Collegiate but has been delayed to reduce public backlash.
· Exclusive talks with exclusive partners were held for years. The actual public tendering process was only 9 weeks long. That wasn’t enough time to produce solid, quality tenders.
· As your Trustee, I will provide the courage and leadership to communicate with the public, local media and Barrie City Council about all decisions the school board makes.
· I want to be the Trustee that ALWAYS steps up to make the best and honest decisions.
· Work with fellow Trustees on the best decisions for elementary schools, public schools and the Barrie Learning Centre.
· Raise bully awareness.