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EDITORIAL: One strong candidate needed to help Ontario School Board get back on track

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/File)

A crucial vacancy in public service has developed with the departure of businessman Mike Blackaby from the Ontario School Board. This board needs a strong replacement for Blackaby to face challenges in public education – and on the board itself.

These are tough times for any school district. The coronavirus has rocked administrators, teachers, other workers and parents. Uncertainty is about the only certainty at the moment. The rules for getting kids back in a classroom are complex and seem to be ever changing.

And with Congress whiffing on a deal in recent days, the chance of getting financial help seems dim. Yet schools and their patrons are expected to bear . . .