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TDSB fires workers and brings in new policies
152 construction and maintenance workers have been fired or disciplined
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Nearly two years after a Toronto Star investigation showed a lot of slacking and outrageous costs for maintenance and construction work at Toronto public schools, the TDSB says it has fired or disciplined 150 construction and maintenance workers.

52 of those workers have been dismissed for what the TDSB is calling "time theft".

The board has also made substantial policy changes to way things get done in the schools.

The new policy will allow caretakers at schools to take care of small tasks (such as installing a pencil sharpener) themselves.

Instead of workers jumping from school to school to perform small jobs, work orders are now being bundled so that all jobs are done at once. This would hopefully trim down costs.

The board is also making moves to make sure everything is properly documented and has installed tracking devices on board vehicles, to make sure workers are where they say they are.

The initial investigation showed the board spent $143 to have a worker install a pencil sharpener, and more than $1100 to another worker for hanging a few pictures in a school. Other costs that made heads turn included, $2,442 to install a whiteboard and $3,000 to install a plug outlet in a library.

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Nearly two years after a Toronto Star investigation showed a lot of slacking and outrageous costs for maintenance and construction work at Toronto public schools, the TDSB says it has fired or disciplined 150 construction and maintenance workers.

52 of those workers have been dismissed for what the TDSB is calling "time theft".

The board has also made substantial policy changes to way things get done in the schools.

The new policy will allow caretakers at schools to take care of small tasks (such as installing a pencil sharpener) themselves.

Instead of workers jumping from school to school to perform small jobs, work orders are now being bundled so that all jobs are done at once. This would hopefully trim down costs.

The board is also making moves to make sure everything is properly documented and has installed tracking devices on board vehicles, to make sure workers are where they say they are.

The initial investigation showed the board spent $143 to have a worker install a pencil sharpener, and more than $1100 to another worker for hanging a few pictures in a school. Other costs that made heads turn included, $2,442 to install a whiteboard and $3,000 to install a plug outlet in a library.

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