Local school trustees reelected

Perhaps a sign of vindication, voters in Bloor West put Catholic District School Board trustee Barbara Poplawski back in her seat on Election Day.

Garnering 34 percent of the vote, Poplawski beat out four other candidates.

Just prior to the election, an application claiming Poplawski was in conflict of interest during a 2008 board budget vote was dismissed in court.

Poplawski was one of several trustees in the previous term accused of wrongdoing at the school board level.

But guilty or not, it didn’t seem to matter to voters.

In the east, Angela Kennedy, who removed from her job as chair for similar allegations, was also re-elected in East York.

Poplawski’s public school board counterpart, Irene Atkinson, was also re-elected despite facing her own accusations of conflict at the board. According to reports, Beach resident Leroy St. Germaine is suing Atkinson for failing to declare conflicts at several board and trustee meetings.

St. Germaine is also suing re-elected trustee Stephnie Payne and Sheila Cary-Meagher for similar reasons. The allegations have not been proven in court.

The trio’s hearing dates are set for early January 2011. Atkinson told the Town Crier she refutes all the claims that she has read against her.

When contacted by the Town Crier, St. Germaine said he didn’t have time to talk.

His lawyer, Stephen D’Agostino did not return calls by press time.