UPDATE: TDSB Calls Special Meeting, Chair Writes To Broten
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has called a special meeting this Wednesday to discuss what it calls the "implications of the provincial government decision relating to employee group contracts".
Chair Chris Bolton says there hasn't been an opportunity since teaching assistants negotiated contract with the province and since teachers had a deal imposed on them to meet with board members and the public.
Bolton says the TDSB had no part in the ratification or input into the teaching assistants contract since it was between the province and their union, so they want to figure out the impact of that deal.
He says there will also be a question and answer session so both trustees and the public will get a better understanding of everything that may happen over the next months of the school year.
The province's special assistance team that will be looking over the board's books will be introduced to the board and Bolton says there will be a debate on how to move forward with them.
This comes as Bolton sent an open letter to Minister of Education Laurel Broten, expressing what he calls his "dismay" at recent events that he believes may jeopardize local community needs and the board's accomplishments.
In the letter, Bolton writes the board wants to "move forward together with the province but we are no longer sure how to carry this out responsibly".
He says while the province has worked with them until this point, it needs to work with them to help get them out of this situation.
The Ministry of Education issued a statement late Monday, underlining it has worked with school boards across the province "to provide information and respond to questions about labour agreements." It goes on to say it will continue to help boards with the new contracts.