In recent days there have been a number of reports regarding facility services, the skilled trades and the cost of individual projects.
As trustees, we will be meeting on July 11th at an Operations and Facilities Management Committee to be updated on the changes that have been made and the next steps that will be taken to address these issues.
Over the past few years we have taken action and made a number of important changes such as hiring a new Chief Facilities Services Officer and a new Head of Construction from outside the Board. We are also holding staff accountable for their actions which has resulted in eight dismissals in the last six months.
As a Board, it is our responsibility to ensure that public money is respected and used to support our students and schools. I am committed to making the changes that are needed to build a system the public trusts to deal with issues before they become problems.
Moving forward, we will be working with the Ministry of Education on a deep operational review of Facility Services that will be conducted by Price Waterhouse Cooper. At the September 5th Meeting of the Board we will report on the steps that are being taken to strengthen oversight and accountability in our maintenance and construction system.
If you have any concerns you would like to share or questions, please don?t hesitate to contact me at 416-397-3100.