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TDSB to choose new chair at meeting amid recent fraud crackdown

The Toronto District School Board will choose a new chair at its meeting on Wednesday afternoon, amid a new report that the board is cracking down on construction and maintenance workers.

There are two candidates vying to fill former chair Chris Bolton’s shoes — vice-chair Mari Rutka and trustee and former chair, Sheila Ward.

The new chair will be chosen by secret ballot at a special meeting at 3 p.m. The regular meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. Click here to read the agenda.

Bolton stepped down suddenly on June 13 after serving the board for 12 years.

He said he was leaving for personal reasons and that his decision was effective immediately.

According to a report in the Globe and Mail, Bolton was the subject of improper spending dating back to his days as a principal.

Also, the Toronto Star reported that Bolton was scrutinized for a charitable foundation he founded, which receives board funding. However, Bolton said the allegation was unfounded.

TDSB crackdown on fraud & waste

On Wednesday, the Toronto Star reported that 150 construction and maintenance workers have been fired or disciplined over allegations of fraud and wasting time over the past 20 months.

Angelos Bacopoulos, the chief facilities manager for the board, told CityNews that is incorrect and will be providing an update on Wednesday afternoon.

With files from Showwei Chu