Anthony Caruso has been appointed as a new trustee with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.
The decision came at the board meeting Thursday evening. Caruso’s two year term (ending November 2018) will represent the Town of Cobourg, Townships of Alnwick/Haldimand and Hamilton and the Municipality of Port Hope.
“We were encouraged by the level of interest we had in this position, and believe this is an indication of the importance our communities place on a strong public education system,” stated board chairperson Cathy Abraham.
“After reviewing a number of qualified candidates we are very pleased to welcome Anthony to the board. We are confident he will be a positive addition to our Board, and worthy representative for the area and our students.”
Caruso is a resident of Cobourg, and will assume the office of Trustee next week.
He replaces Gordon Gilchrist who resigned in June amid allegations he made disparaging remarks about an Aboriginal youth drummers during the open ceremony of Cobourg’s new high school in May.
A board-led third-party investigation revealed Gilchrist reportedly said the following:
-“How much would it take for you guys (students) to go over there and tell them there’s more to music than banging on a drum and yelling?”
– “I wouldn’t have been so eager to take over this country if I’d known that was the kind of music they played here,”
– “I don’t feel so bad that we took over their country.”
In late May, Gilchrist apologized if his remarks offended anyone but then later denied the comments.