The Toronto Catholic District School Board is reviewing its protocol for police checks for volunteers.
The process comes after the Globe and Mail revealed Payman Aboodowleh, a longtime friend of mayor Rob Ford, used fake names to cover up a violent past to get clearance to help coach the football team at Don Bosco.
The Globe reports Aboodowleh acted as an "enforcer" for accused drug dealer Sandro Lisi, also a friend to Ford.
The paper says he has a history of assault and of breaking and entering.
Aboodowleh was able to skate through police checks because a letter in his last name was changed. At Don Bosco, he went by Peter Payman.
Board spokesman John Yan says the mix-up has prompted a review.
"No process is a hundred per cent fool-proof if someone is intent on using false identity or documentation, but there's always room for improvement, says Yan.
He says one such area for improvement is how police checks done when a would-be volunteer goes to a counter at police headquarters are handled.
"There is some confusion" admits Yan, "so that's a gap that we're looking at.
TCDSB policy dictates that people with regular contact with students by cleared by police. Yan says the board has 14, 000 staff members and another 14, 000 volunteers at any given time.
Some principals, including the former principal of Don Bosco, are "more comfortable" with annual checks.
Requests for police checks for TCDSB employees are sent to police from the board's HR department. Some clearances for volunteers are done that way too. But many would-be helpers go to police headquarters to request a criminal records check.
Yan says in both cases, the outcome of the check is sent to the person it' s about because the information is private. Is then becomes the individual's responsibility to turn it over to the school.
Police spokesman Mark Pugash tells Moore in the Morning the school board "has a responsibility to verify that the information on the form is correct".