Senior staff at the Toronto District School Board received $1.29 million in salary increases despite a wage freeze between March 2010 and August 2013, according to a forensic audit released by the province Tuesday.
The improper raises, as well as unapproved contracts and misspent funds, were contained in a damning audit conducted by Ernst and Young LLP.
Some of the key findings:
Wages for senior staff and supervisors paid in excess of the wage freeze for the period between March 2010 to August 2013. Under procurement, 45 per cent of 20 sample transactions reviewed did not use a competitive bid process; almost half of those did not meet the approval requirements. 79 per cent of the transactions reviewed in the director’s office expenses did not use a competitive bid process. Potentially ineligible trustee expenses, including a duplicate reimbursement for home internet charges, purchase of a tablet computer for over $100 more than what is allowed, and hotel expenses for a one-night stay in a downtown Toronto hotel. $3.2 million in education programs spending may not have “been used in accordance” with ministry guidelines.
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