The chairman of Canada’s largest school board directed tens of thousands of dollars intended for a Toronto elementary school to his own charity, according to confidential internal reviews of spending during his tenure as principal.
The spending reviews, obtained by The Globe and Mail, are part of a series of internal investigations spanning four years that raise questions about Chris Bolton’s dual roles at a school and a charity before he was elected a trustee of the Toronto District School Board, and conducted by the organization he now chairs.
None of the reports have been made public and some of them are labelled as drafts. However, their findings are summarized in a 2005 letter, addressed to Mr. Bolton and marked final, that accuses him of a breach of fiduciary duty and lays out a series of allegations that include “misappropriations of funds” and a lack of transparency. No action has been taken by the board.
Mr. Bolton defended his time as principal at Ryerson Community School, saying the school received donations in recognition of its track record for helping students, many of whom came from low-income families. “The money was used for good works in an inner-city community,” he told The Globe.