Jul 12, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Some parents came away frustrated after Toronto School Board trustees decided last night not to end the board’s relationship with the Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council.  It has come to light in recent weeks the TDSB has been seemingly overcharged for some small jobs, including installation of a pencil sharpener at a cost of $143.  TDSB Director of Education Chris Spence says some jobs did slip through the cracks and result in overspending, but he points out the board deals with roughly 190,000 work orders every year.  Josie Daga is a mother of 2 chldren who attend TDSB schools.  She says its a positive step that the board has introduced fuel saving initiatives, but “while those things are important, they are not the core of the issue.  The core of the issue is the fact that we do not bid out these jobs.  These jobs need to be competitively bid to get the best price.”  Trustees voted to install GPS tracking devices in all maintenance and construction vehicles to cut down on fuel consumption and improve scheduling of jobs.  This move will cost the board 300-thousand dollars.

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