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EDITORIAL: Ontario board’s mixed signals, secrecy undercut public’s trust

The Ontario School Board has made a bit more of a mess of the controversies in the local school system. The actions by the board last week involve more secrecy than is wise. Board members apparently don’t understand how much community trust is at stake.

At first blush, it would appear the board moved with certainty and clarity.

The board members agreed – finally – to mediate their differences with school administrators. They had brushed off such proposals before. And they did little to explain publicly why the change of mind.

The board members also took the extraordinary action of condemning and censuring two of their own – Derrick Draper and Eric Evans. On its own, the 3-0 board vote seemed to signal the board was up to policing its members.

But the stated reason for the sanction was pretty . . .