Derek Winsor didn't mince words in a news release sent out Tuesday afternoon in which he said the minister of Education "should be ashamed to say he was an educator."
Winsor, the former Eastern School District trustee, is "shocked, but not surprised," the news release says, that appointments to the new school board do not include a representative for St. John's. He said while Mount Pearl, Conception Bay North and Mount Pearl have representation on the board, the capital city, where 13,000 students go to school, has none.
"These appointments seem to be strictly on political patronage, and the representation is in no way equal to the student population," the release says.
He goes on to say that the minister — Clyde Jackman, who is not named in the release — is furthering the divide between rural and urban parts of the province.
"This minister has total disregard for the students of this province and for the children."
The release concludes by saying the new system will have a "long-term negative impact on the province."