Citing health issues, Bancroft ends bid to become public school board trustee

South Stormont Mayor Jim Bancroft, at the Sept. 28 Council meeting following the news of the Upper Canada District School Board's proposal to close two schools in his township. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

INGLESIDE — Although his name will remain on the ballot, Jim Bancroft is no longer seeking election as Upper Canada District School Board trustee for Stormont and Glengarry counties.

Bancroft, current mayor of South Stormont, announced the end of his campaign today, citing health issues “dating back to the first week of August.”

“In doing so, I also realize my name will remain on the ballot. Today’s announcement will hopefully give all residents the opportunity to review the information on the other candidates, John Danaher and Marshall Wilson, before casting your ballot,” he says in a press release.

Bancroft had been animated by the UCDSB’s controversial decision to cut the high school grades at Rothwell-Osnabruck School in Ingleside and had vowed to continue working toward a reversal of that measure.

“The UCDSB faces many challenges in the near term. Rural education should never be discounted, and maintaining our rural schools located in our hamlets and villages must always remain a priority for every trustee seeking your support. I am sure the remaining candidates will also be supportive,” says the mayor, adding today’s decision “did not come easily.

“However, after discussing with my family and a few close friends, I feel the residents deserve a trustee that will be able to provide the time and energy to meet your expectations.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who supported me in seeking the position of School Board Trustee.”

South Stormont Mayor Jim Bancroft speaks to Rothwell-Osnabruck high-schoolers before a rally trying to remove the upper grades from the Ingleside school. Smith photo, Nation Valley News


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