Chris Bolton out as TDSB Chair

Bolton cites ''personal reasons'' for departure

After 12 years, Chris Bolton has given up his job as Chair of Toronto's public school board.

Bolton abruptly resigned as Chair and Toronto District School Board trustee for Trinity-Spadina effective 5pm Friday.

In a letter addressed to parents, students, and staff of Ward 10, Bolton says he made the call after "mixed emotions and much deliberation".  Bolton says his decision to step down as a trustee was one he made for "personal reasons".

Bolton has spent more than 40 years with Canada's largest school board as a teacher, vice principal, principal, trustee and Chair. Director of Education Donna Quan says she will now work with Vice-Chair Mari Rutka.

Bolton's departure from the scandal-plagued board comes less than a week before trustees meet for the last time in their four-year term.  Bolton had already announced he wouldn't be seeking re-election.

Newstalk 1010's calls and e-mails to Bolton were not returned Friday, but he tells CTV News his leaving is "nothing related to the activities to the school board as it stands."

The board has faced a litany of problems in recent months.

Bolton called in police officers to make sure there was peace between trustees at a meeting in March after accusations of harassment and bullying. A number of audits have revealed questionable spending by trustees. In January 2013, Chris Spence resigned as Director of Education after it was revealed he had used other people's work without credit in his PhD dissertation and in a published op ed piece.

More recently, Chris Bolton was faced with questions about how he handled donations while working with the charity Friends of Community Schools in the early 2000s. Bolton was an elementary school principal at the time.

An investigation was launched in 2003 and this May, Bolton told Newstalk 1010's Jerry Agar the case was "closed". "There was nothing untoward about it," Bolton said.

Bolton tells CTV he's leaving his post early to pursue other, unnamed opportunities and that he wants a "clean slate".

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  1. Mark posted on 06/14/2014 07:31 AM
    Bolton's departure from the scandal-plagued board comes at a bad time for him. After all, maybe he could have ran as a liberal.
    1. Dawn posted on 06/14/2014 10:11 AM
      @Mark Chris is a pleasant person who was more NDP. The person that should resign is that homophobic trustee Sam S. who was a "special assistant" to Jim Karigianis
    2. john posted on 06/14/2014 10:37 AM
      @Mark i agree he would be a alsome while we are at it why not throw in the London mayor as well as the mayor in my town as well .
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