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More questionable TDSB expenses revealed
Through a freedom of information request, CTV has learned that tens of thousands of dollars has been spent of revamping some schools ahead of anniversaries or royal visits.
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The cash-strapped TDSB is once again being criticized for some questionable maintenance spending.

Through a freedom of information request, CTV has learned that tens of thousands of dollars has been spent of revamping some schools ahead of anniversaries or royal visits.

More than $70,000 was spent on repainting Malvern Collegiate last year in time for its 110th anniversary.

About $16,000 was spent on painting parts of Market Lane Public School ahead of a visit by the Countess of Wessex.

Another $12,000 spent on planters to create an "outdoor classroom" at Ionview Public school.

Almost $4,000 was spent on adjusting clocks for daylight saving at 150 schools.

And once again, the board spent a controversial amount of money, $150, on having a pencil sharpener installed. In 2012, it was revealed that $143 was spent on a similar task because a unionized worker was called in to complete the job.

TDSB chair Chris Bolton gives no excuses for the pencil sharpener.

`(That) has been dealt with,` he says. CTV reports that the person in charge of the work order has been fired.

But Bolton defends the thousands spent on repainting the schools.

`Both of those locations, as many, many of our other schools have peeling paint,` he says.

Òfficials say that the work was necessary because it is important to have a warm and welcoming environment for the students.

Bolton adds that the board has been working on improving its maintenance system. Last year, the maintenance budget was reduced by $5-million and work plans are now published.

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The cash-strapped TDSB is once again being criticized for some questionable maintenance spending.

Through a freedom of information request, CTV has learned that tens of thousands of dollars has been spent of revamping some schools ahead of anniversaries or royal visits.

More than $70,000 was spent on repainting Malvern Collegiate last year in time for its 110th anniversary.

About $16,000 was spent on painting parts of Market Lane Public School ahead of a visit by the Countess of Wessex.

Another $12,000 spent on planters to create an "outdoor classroom" at Ionview Public school.

Almost $4,000 was spent on adjusting clocks for daylight saving at 150 schools.

And once again, the board spent a controversial amount of money, $150, on having a pencil sharpener installed. In 2012, it was revealed that $143 was spent on a similar task because a unionized worker was called in to complete the job.

TDSB chair Chris Bolton gives no excuses for the pencil sharpener.

`(That) has been dealt with,` he says. CTV reports that the person in charge of the work order has been fired.

But Bolton defends the thousands spent on repainting the schools.

`Both of those locations, as many, many of our other schools have peeling paint,` he says.

Òfficials say that the work was necessary because it is important to have a warm and welcoming environment for the students.

Bolton adds that the board has been working on improving its maintenance system. Last year, the maintenance budget was reduced by $5-million and work plans are now published.

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