Consulting work done by Toronto’s public school board for a Vietnamese private school could be put on hold as a result of trustee concern about how their former chairman has also been hired as the school’s CEO.
Trustee Shelley Laskin said she was “surprised” by a story in the National Post on Saturday related to the issue, and is considering a formal motion to suspend the arrangement between the Toronto District School Board and Canadian International School System in Ho Chi Minh City until trustees can get more information. Trustees “need to be involved,” she said, “because of the potential involvement of our former chair.”
“I have no idea how deep the conflict is so we just need information … We don’t know what we don’t know,” said Ms. Laskin, adding the situation is similar to one the board dealt with last week with its Confucius Institute partnership with the Chinese government. In that case trustees voted to delay the institute’s further activities until they could gather more information.
Reports surfaced last week that Chris Bolton, who suddenly quit as TDSB trustee and chair June 13, had left to become the new head of a Vietnamese private school. ...Nice work if you can get it.