TVDSB administrator implicated in controversial websites resigns

Jake Skinner, the administrator of the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) representing five wards, announced his resignation in the middle of his term.

Skinner was first elected in 2014 to represent wards 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13.

In a letter to the Board of Directors, Skinner said, “After much consideration, I have decided to step down from my seat… It has been a pleasure to serve the TVDSB community and I wish our administrative team, as well as the board, full success in building the day after every student, every day. “

A special board meeting will be held on Wednesday evening to determine a process for selecting Skinner’s replacement.

Both the Chairman of the Board and the Director of Education thanked Skinner for his service and advocacy.

“We sincerely thank Jake for his years of service and commitment to public education,” said President Lori-Ann Pizzolato. “I know all administrators will miss his insight and dedication to student success and well-being. “

Skinner was no stranger to controversy, however.

He was working for lobbying firm Blackridge Strategy during a 2018 municipal election scandal over a pair of attack websites.

He then apologized for his role on websites that targeted board candidates and left the firm.

A board inquiry into the code of conduct found “insufficient evidence” that he had violated the code.

– With files from Matt Thompson and Daryl Newcombe of CTV News London

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