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Catholic board accepts trustee's resignation, decision on replacement to come

WCDSB trustee Wendy Ashby has officially resigned from her position, a decision that was formally accepted by the board on Wednesday
The WCDSB has two options to replace departing trustee Wendy Ashby, either through a by-election or an appointment.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board formally accepted the resignation of Kitchener-Wilmot trustee Wendy Ashby at a special public board meeting on Wednesday evening.

The resignation ends a weeks long process of determining next steps after Ashby made controversial tweets to her personal Twitter account aimed at White Christians.

After initially passing a motion the hire an external consultant to investigate the alleged breach of its code of conduct, the board rescinded its motion after the resignation.

The board now has two options to replace the departing trustee.

A by-election can be held in the same manner as an election of the board or a new trustee can be appointed within 90 days.

The board received information on both options at the Wednesday meeting and a decision will be made at the next board of trustees meeting on May 29.

The Waterloo Region District School Board is also going through the process of filling two vacant trustee seats due to the resignation of Marie Snyder and the untimely death of Fred Meissner.

There was much debate at a recent public board meeting about how to best fill the positions. The board eventually voted to select a three-person committee to report back on potential appointment options.

A by-election would have cost $214,000 for the city of Waterloo alone, with costs for the other cities and townships not known.