Charges fly over Ontario schools in unsigned complaint

Ontario School District members at a board meeting in June. From left: Mike Blackaby, Eric Evans, Blanca Rodriguez, Derrick Draper and Renae Corn. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – Simmering disputes between top Ontario school officials and two school board members have erupted into the open, triggering a move to bring in an outside lawyer to investigate. An unsigned letter claiming to represent 14 of the Ontario School District’s 18 administrators calls for the resignations of board members Eric Evans and Derrick Draper. No administrator attached their name to the document, but much of it focuses on claims by Jodi Elizondo, the Ontario High School principal, that included detailed accounts of private meetings and email excerpts.

Mike Blackaby, a school board member named chairman last week, said the board would hire an outside attorney to help the board navigate the allegations . . .