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Lengthy-time trustee Lynn Scott has been elected as the brand new chair of the Ottawa-Carleton District Faculty Board, however the vote got here all the way down to the drawing of playing cards.

The chair is elected by the board’s 12 trustees for a one-year time period. On this case, there have been two candidates: Lynn Scott, who has held the place quite a few occasions prior to now, and Lyra Evans, chair for time period that simply ended. She is believed to be the primary brazenly transgender faculty trustee elected in Ontario. 

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Because the vote was tied and neither candidate acquired a majority, the impasse was damaged by drawing playing cards — utilizing Bridge Conference to find out the rating of playing cards.  

The previous time period has been tumultuous, with raucous protests concentrating on board conferences over points comparable to masking in school rooms and transgender insurance policies. Police have been referred to as in to clear the board room and new safety measures have been launched, together with limiting the variety of individuals admitted to the board room.

Scott is the trustee for Zone 1, West Carleton-March, Stittsville, Rideau-Jock, and has been a college board trustee since earlier than Ontario faculty boards have been amalgamated in 2000.  

Lyra Evans had held the place of chair of the Ottawa-Carleton District Faculty Board for the time period simply ended. Photograph by Lyra Evans picture /Handout

“I want to thank Trustee Lyra Evans for her management prior to now yr. Trying forward, our board should work carefully collectively to hunt enhancements for pupil studying and well-being, guarantee accountability and strengthen public confidence within the OCDSB,” Scott stated in an announcement. 

“With our new strategic plan in place, we have to ship on our promise to place studying on the forefront, assist pupil and employees wellness, and acknowledge our collective social duties to society.”

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Trustee Cathryne Milburn, the trustee for Zone 12, Orléans West-Innes, Beacon Hill-Cyrville, was elected vice-chair. 

The OCDSB chair and vice-chair are elected for one-year phrases in an annual organizational assembly, together with chairs for different committees.

The board chair acts as spokesperson for the board and is chargeable for making ready and approving agendas for all common, particular or extraordinary conferences of the board and committee of the entire in session with the director of schooling. The chair additionally calls conferences of the board to order after establishing that quorum is current and presiding over conferences in addition to signing company paperwork that require the chair’s signature.

The Ottawa Catholic Faculty Board acclaimed its chair, Mark Mullan, and vice-chair Cindy Simpson at its annual normal assembly on Tuesday night time. 

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