Minister Appoints Supervisor To Manage TCDSB's Finances
McGuinty Government Taking Action to Get the Board on Track
The Ontario government has appointed a supervisor to oversee the financial management and administration of the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
Effective immediately, Norbert Hartmann has been appointed under the Education Act to:
- Implement the recommendations of the report entitled "Enhancing Public Trust and Confidence" as it applies to the board
- Develop and responsibly implement a balanced budget plan to return the board to a balanced financial position while protecting the best interests of students
- Develop communication measures to inform parents, board trustees, student trustees, staff and the public of actions taken by the supervisor.
The appointment of the supervisor follows the recommendations of an investigation team that found:
- A failure on the part of the board to develop a clear plan to implement all of the recommendations in "Enhancing Public Trust and Confidence"
- Evidence that trustee behaviour regarding expenses did not change after Mr. Hartmann's report was received
- A deficit of $5-12 million is forecast for 2008-09
- A pattern of decision-making where staff recommendations are routinely ignored and decisions are made at the last minute without thorough analysis of long-term implications.
- The government has the authority to place a board under provincial control if it has concerns about the board's ability to meet its financial obligations or about the board's compliance with the law regarding trustee expenses.
- With over 35 years of experience in the education sector, Norbert Hartmann has held senior management positions in public and Catholic school boards and most recently served as Chair of the Co-Management Team at Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.
“The board's actions have called into question the trustees' credibility, and as a result, I have no confidence in their ability to continue to manage the board's affairs. My actions today will ensure that this board is put back on track so that it can make responsible decisions that are in the best interests of students. Public confidence in this board must be restored.”