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TDSB hold tense, at times awkward, final meeting of term

11/27/2014 06:25 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST
The Toronto public school board gathered for its final meeting of the term Wednesday night and while some official business was handled, the night was overshadowed by ongoing scandals and personal infighting between trustees.

Polemic trustee Sam Sotiropulous gave perhaps the night's most controversial statement as he used his final few minutes with the board to joke about a tell-all book he's "currently writing" about the internal dysfunction that has come to define the past several years at the board.

"God made idiots. That was for practice," he said. "Then he made school boards." 

About half of the other trustees refused to clap for Sotiropulous, while one even turned his back to the Ward 20 Scarborough-Agincourt trustee in protest.

Earlier this week, Education Minister Liz Sandals appointed an outside expert to conduct a review of the troubled board.

"The school board has been plagued by issues that go beyond purely financial concerns, with almost daily examples of confrontation, obfuscation and a lack of communication," said Sandals at a press conference Tuesday. 

In an interview with CBC's Metro Morning Wednesday morning, Sandals said the problems with the TDSB have been escalating ever since amalgamation in 1998 and show no clear signs of improvement.

But there may be hope yet. On Monday, 11 new trustees, elected in October's civic election, will be sworn in.

For more of the night's tense moments, check out the report from the CBC's Neil Herland above. 

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