Wednesday, April 19, 2017

York school board ousts controversial director

The York Region District School Board has dismissed its director of education.

J. Philip Parappally is no longer at the helm of the province’s third largest board, according to an internal memo obtained by the Star, that was sent to all staff Wednesday morning — a week after trustees passed a unanimous motion to begin the “laborious and complex” process to dismiss him with cause.

On Tuesday, trustees dealt with the personnel matter in a private meeting that ran late into the night, leaving parents and staff wondering about the outcome.

But the memo put some of their questions to rest.

“York Region District School Board announced today they will be seeking a new director of education,” says that memo, issued just as a board-wide equity symposium was underway.

“We wish to acknowledge Mr. Parappally’s 17 years of service with our board and wish him the very best on the next chapter of his life,” said Chair Loralea Carruthers in the memo.

“In the interest of ensuring the education of students is not affected during this time, the YRDSB has already begun its search for an interim director,” she said  (more...)


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