Cornwall ON –
David McDonald the incumbent Trustee on the Upper Canada District School Board is seeking his fourth term in this municipal election. McDonald has served in a leadership capacity for much of his ten years, four years as the Chair of the Board and three years as the Vice Chair.
“I have been very honoured to represent my city on the School Board. So much work has been accomplished, but there is so much more to be done,”
McDonald points out. The UCDSB has seen significant improvements in the EQAO results and McDonald said the key work of 90% graduation rate of students entering high school is a major goal to accomplish.
Cornwall has prospered under the leadership and service of McDonald as Trustee on the UCDSB. McDonald said .
“I am most proud of the rebuilding of Central Public and a major addition to Viscount Alexander School during my time. The future looks good too. We have to get moving on the building of a school for combined East Front and Gladstone, major upgrades at CCVS and $400,000.00 to go into Viscount Alexander to support all day every day kindergarten.”
McDonald wants to focus on a few key things over the next four years. He said, “A key to the success of this community is to ensure that literacy is at the forefront and students make it a way of life.” The next thing McDonald points out as that the next most important factor is a healthy and active student. “We currently have quality daily physical education in our schools and programs like Froglogic at Central Public should be expanded. I want to work with the many stakeholders to ensure that students in Cornwall are prepared for the future. The need to have a healthy mind and be healthy to be successful.” Next for McDonald is to ensure that students have the 21st Century skills they need to be successful. “We have schools that have iPads, iPods, and SMART Boards. Those are important, but they are just the tools. We need to have the students prepared in collaborative learning, problem solving and of course the basics,” McDonald says.
McDonald has a number of other involvements. He has worked on various Children’s Treatment Center activities including being the vice chair of the Bike-a-thon Plus. He is currently on the Board of The S.D&G. United Way. A position he has held for the past four years. McDonald also has a provincial voice sitting on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA). “Being involved at the provincial level has allowed me to bring the concerns of education in eastern Ontario to the broader Ontario seen.”
McDonald said, “On October 25th I am counting on the support of the citizens of Cornwall to allow me to work for them, supporting students and helping create a community that will succeed because our youth are prepared for the future.”