More Pricey Projects at the TDSB
Do you remember the $143 pencil sharpener installation job paid for by the Toronto District School Board? It was part of a Toronto Star investigation back in June that revealed the TDSB paying what appear to be exorbitant prices for relatively small jobs.
Today, the Star has released more details of overpriced jobs being done by the Maintenance and Skilled Trades Council on behalf of the school board.
In one case, Emery Collegiate Institute in North York paid $266 dollars to have three pictures hanged back in March of 2011. About a week later, the school called in another work crew to hang three more pictures. This time the workers billed $857 for 24 hours of work to hang the three pictures.
In another case, the board spent $147.88 to cut a key for a board office.
R.H. McGregor Elementary School called in four guys to move a bench to the tune of $167. And it took 70 hours for a crew at the H.J. Alexander Community School to replace lightbulbs in the lunchroom. That project ended up costing taxpayers $2, 670.
This information comes one day after officials at the Toronto District School Board said they needed more time to decide whether or not to accept the province’s offer to send in a team of financial experts to get the board’s spending in order.
The Star says they’ve asked the TDSB about these expenses and were told the board would have a response prepared in January.