***This story has been updated from the Stoney Creek News' April 17 print edition
Chartrand withdraws from public trustee race
By Richard Leitner, News Staff
Greg Sinasac says he’s jumped into the race for Stoney Creek public school trustee because he doesn’t like the way things are going.
The 26-year-old Binbrook resident says he’s particularly concerned by the prospect that 11 elementary schools across the city could close and how it will affect students and their families.
Sinasac, who graduated from St. Jean de Brebeuf and works as a general contractor, says he’d like the public board to focus on winning students back to the system to help fill some of the 5,000-plus empty seats that are sparking the potential closures.
“I can’t guarantee all of those spaces (would be filled), but definitely I believe the actions of the school board currently have led to families and students leaving the public school system,” he says.
“The other big way to keep the schools open is to negotiate with the Ministry of Education for a funding policy that respects and that leads to renovations and upkeep of current neighbourhood schools.”
Ken Chartrand, who was previously registered as a trustee candidate, announced his withdrawal from the race on Thursday, after the Stoney Creek's News' print edition went to press. The Stoney Creek resident cited personal reasons for his decision.
Incumbent Shirley Glauser, appointed to the wards 9 and 10 position last August following the sudden death of Robert Barlow, has said she won’t enter the fall race.
Sinasac said he chose to run in Stoney Creek because he’s spent all of his life “working or volunteering or interacting” with the community, including three years as program director for a summer camp.
He’s also been a Big Brother to a child in Stoney Creek for the past six years, he said.
“I really have a passion for education and I very much want to work hard at creating a setting for students to succeed and also for families to be happy,” he said.
At the Catholic board, only incumbents Paul DiFrancesco and Mary Nardini have so registered in their shared area of wards 9, 10 and 11.