Ontario school boards lose 20% of education directors as daunting pandemic year looms



a person sitting at a table in a room: As school boards head into a challenging year, a significant amount will coincidentally have new leaders to guide them through it, in boards big (Toronto District, York Catholic) and small (Wellington Catholic, Trillium Lakelands).


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As school boards head into a challenging year, a significant amount will coincidentally have new leaders to guide them through it, in boards big (Toronto District, York Catholic) and small (Wellington Catholic, Trillium Lakelands).

Heading into a school year as unpredictable as this one, you would think school boards and their leadership would want as much stability as they can get.

Yet a significant portion of Ontario’s education directors are leaving, either having retired this summer or will retire this school year. This includes 14 of the province’s 72 education directors in publicly funded school boards, about 20 per cent of all directors.

Departures range from heads of big boards (like Toronto District, Toronto Catholic, Ottawa Catholic, York Catholic) to smaller ones (Simcoe Muskoka Catholic, Wellington Catholic, Limestone District, Bluewater District).

“The number is large relative to a typical year,” said Tony Pontes, a former

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