TDSB capital funding on hold after board votes down new plan
The TDSB's director of education, Chris Spence, says he is "extremely worried."
At a board meeting Wednesday night, trustees voted down a new capital plan that the province had been demanding.
The capital plan included selling off parts of school land to make revenue and help fight off a $50-million capital deficit.
But now that proposal is on hold.
What is also on hold is the province's capital funding, which means the board's capital projects are frozen.
Spence says he is meeting with the province Thursday to get advice on what to do next.
Trustee Shelley Laskin, who voted in favour of the capital plan, calls her colleagues in the majority irresponsible.
"We're paralyzed right now, and that is not an acceptable position to be in for the students," Laskin says.
But Cathy Dandy who was one of 15 trustees who voted against the plan says the majority was not about to be rushed into a decision by the province.
"We can't be railroaded and have all this ridiculous rhetoric that we don't have a plan or we're short changing kids. Wrong," Dandy says, responding to Laskin's comment on responsibility.
Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher blames the province. She says the government should be providing schools with the funding the need, rather than forcing the board to find new revenue.
"They (the province) are the worst bullies. And the fact that they have an anti-bullying campaign just makes me crazy because they are unbelievably aggressive with the school boards to solve their problems. And they're the ones with the purse strings, we're not," Cary Meagher says.
"And sometimes you just have to say, 'Bugger off!'"