Police to attend TDSB meetings after trustee accused of intimidating staff

Trustee Sam Sotiropoulos tells CTV that at a committee meeting on Wednesday, trustee Howard Goodman intimidated the director of education

An off-duty police officer will now be present at meetings of the Toronto District School Board until further notice. 

The board's chair, Chris Bolton, has decided to take the drastic measure after receiving a letter from staff complaining of intimidation. 

The letter, from director of education Donna Quan, states that staff were being threatened by a trustee.  

Trustee Sam Sotiropoulos tells CTV that at a committee meeting on Wednesday, trustee Howard Goodman intimidated Quan over the non-payment of board membership fees.

Goodman says that if asked to apologize, he will do so.

Quan's letter says that it appears the TDSB has come "to condone a culture where it is acceptable for staff members to be subjected to abusive, threatening and insulting comments by elected officials."

Bolton also says that the door between the trustees' office and senior staff offices will be locked.

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  1. Frankie posted on 03/01/2014 08:00 AM
    Imagine business meetings that have to be attended by police. These people are pathetic. Get rid of these whiners and replace them with useful individuals that live in the real world and not the fantasy world
    1. HP posted on 03/01/2014 09:34 AM
      @Frankie I was at a meeting in the boardroom of an international company when during a heated discussion a VP jumped over the table and began to strangle the took three of us to pull him off the guy. I miss the good old days when business was fun.
  2. john posted on 03/01/2014 11:08 AM
    HP sounds like u were in a Italian parliament meeting it is fun to watch those guy duke it out .
  3. Mark posted on 03/01/2014 12:12 PM
    Ontario's education systems seem to attract bullies and people with little is any tolerance of others. Even the teachers are bully the rest of us so that they can feed at the trough.
  4. DW posted on 03/01/2014 02:38 PM
    Another legacy of Duffer Harris and Doug Ford Senior

    ----------- the amalgamated city (how is that working for you?) and the amalgamated board of education called a district school board

    The only people that gained from amalgamation were the consulting and accounting firms that wrote the very dubious reports

    Ham-fisted legislation that forced these mergers in less than 9 months
    1. Frankie posted on 03/02/2014 11:34 AM
      @DW It would have and should have worked were it not for the corruption of officials who are only interested in keeping their lazy ass jobs and keeping underlings on staff so they don't have to do much work.

      A 5-year old could tell you that eliminating replication makes sense. The problem was they left it to the workers to self-police. What they needed was someone to oversee and fire their lazy asses. Then we would have seen the expected benefits.
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