06/18/2014 04:56 EDT | Updated 08/18/2014 05:59 EDT

TDSB elects Mari Rutka as new chair

Mari Rutka has been elected the new chair of the Toronto District School Board, taking over following the resignation of Chris Bolton.

Rutka— a school board trustee for Ward 12, Willowdale— faced trustee Sheila Ward in a vote Wednesday afternoon.

Shaun Chen was elected vice-chair of the board.

The pair make a “good combo” according to a tweet from trustee Pamela Gough.

The TDSB has recently been roiled by apparent in-fighting among trustees and audits which revealed both irregularities in spending, and  trustees who had ties to charitable groups that received funding from the school board.

Bolton’s departure also left his trustee position for Ward 10, Trinity-Spadina, vacant. Following the vote the board debated how it will fill that position.