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Trustees Given Back Control Of Catholic School Board After 2008 Scandal

The province has once again given trustees control of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, two years after a spending scandal and financial instability undermined their credibility.

According to an auditor’s report released in November 2008, some of the board’s trustees racked up more than $30,000 in double billing and illegal spending.

The probe looked at years of expense reports and allegations trustees used taxpayer money to pay for vacations, expensive meals and elaborate shopping sprees.

Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky said the province’s supervisor, Dr. Richard Alway, has helped balance the board’s operating budget and address its capital deficit.

Also, better financial reporting practices have been put in place, including an improved policy on trustee expenses and a new, transparent budget process.

“Effective school board governance is a prerequisite to student success,” Dombrowsky said in a statement released on Friday.

“It is a public expectation and it is the law. I place a great deal of importance on the role of locally elected trustees in serving their students and communities.”

The trustees elected last October will now have full authority of the board.