Embattled school board trustee resigns

Public school supporters in Vaughan Wards 1 and 2 will head to the polls following the surprise resignation of embattled trustee Anna DeBartolo less than three months after the municipal election.

The 15-year veteran resigned from the York Region District School Board on January 10 for ‘personal reasons’ and is requesting privacy. The Board will fill the vacant position through a by-election – a decision that’s drawing criticism from residents who would prefer it appoint a replacement rather than hold a costly by-election.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we want to thank Anna for her years of service to public education,” Chair Corrie McBain said in a statement. “Trustees carefully considered the options and determined that holding a by-election would provide the residents of Vaughan with a fair process to democratically select their representative.”

More information, including polling dates and locations, will be made available through the City of Vaughan. The Board website will be updated as information becomes available.

In 2014, trustees voted to oust DeBartolo from her position as chair following months of controversy that included families who took the Board to task for not dealing with racist incidents, a principal who posted Islamophobic links on her public Facebook page and the frequency of trustee travel overseas.

In her LinkedIn profile, which hasn’t been updated since she was chair, DeBartolo wrote, “Making hard decisions are never easy but someone has to do it.”

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