Minister Appoints Supervisor To Manage TCDSB'S Finances

    McGuinty Government Taking Action to Get the Board on Track

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ -


    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

    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
    -   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 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," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne
( "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."


    -   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


    Read the investigators' full report
( and
Enhancing Public Trust and Confidence

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929, or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892

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