Tensions high at TDSB ‘special’ meeting following Goodman arrest

Timeline by Dakoda Sannen/Toronto Observer

Toronto District School Board trustees held a “special meeting” Tuesday.

It was called to vote on the recount requested by Scott Harrison in the Scarborough Centre ward, where incumbent David Smith beat him by only 139 votes in the Oct. 27 school board elections.

But the meeting attracted more attention than usual: this was the first one since Ward 8 school trustee Howard Goodman’s arrest earlier in the day.

Goodman was charged with one count of forcible confinement and one count of criminal harassment.

Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher, who represents Beaches-East York Ward 16, told reporters the meeting had no bearing on regular school board business.

“We’re bureaucrats in an institution, we all have different jobs, different roles and we don’t always agree on everything,” she said.

Cary-Meagher was a witness to the events last fall involving Goodman and the TDSB Director of Education Donna Quan, which sparked the criminal probe.

Donna Quan

With over 30 years of education experience, Donna Quan began her education career in 1983.

She began her Toronto District School Board career in 1985.

Quan is currently the Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the TDSB.

She has also previously worked at the Ministry of Education, participating as both a presenter and speaker at international forums.

Quan established one of the first school-based, non-profit Early Childhood Education Centres.

Positions Quan previously held within the TDSB include:
Families of Schools Superintendent
Special Education
Professional Support Services
System and Executive Superintendent
Alternative Programs and Schools
School Improvement
Inner City Schools
Information Management

Quan is also a mother of three and enjoys gardening and traveling.

By Sandra Sukraj/Toronto Observer

With files from TDSB, and The Learning Partnership.

She described being one of three people who saw what happened last January, which occurred during a heated discussion between Quan and Goodman inside a TDSB office.

“Well I was there… it isn’t an allegation. It’s a fact,” she said. “The charges are an event I witnessed, that I wrote up, that I sent to the ethics committee, and nothing was ever done.”

Goodman did not run for reelection in the fall, and is set to appear in court on Dec. 18.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years each. When asked about what the outcome should be, Cary-Meagher simply responded: “I’m not gonna go there.”

Goodman was not present at Tuesday’s meeting and has refused to comment personally. His lawyer, William Trudell, issued an email to the media.

It reads: “He has a great deal of respect for the criminal justice system and regrets that it is being misused for political purposes . . . He is innocent and will, of course, vigorously defend himself against these charges.”

Donna Quan, who was at Tuesday’s meeting, has refused to comment.

“The matter is before the courts, so it is not appropriate for me to offer any comment at all,” she said.

About this article

By: Erin Buckley, Dakoda Sannen and Sandra D. Sukraj
Copy editor: Dennis Gonzales
Posted: Nov 13 2014 6:45 pm
Filed under: News

1 Comment on "Tensions high at TDSB ‘special’ meeting following Goodman arrest"

  1. QUAN DONNA Director of Education salary $268,604.66 taxable benefit $18,559.95.TDSB

    GAUTHIER ANGELA Director of Education salary $245,501.90 taxable$ benefit 10,194.75 TCDSB

    Are you getting your moneys worth?

    Time to dismantle the multiboard system and use those resources to help children learn how to READ, WRITE, ADD,SUBTRACT, MULTIPLY and DIVIDE.

    Too much to ask for? BTW I am a RC.

    Our children suffer while the school boards continue to enjoy their private, untouchable thiefdom.

    Also, guess what, lets say the accusations against Quan are for real. Who is responsible for terminating her contract? Or can she even be fired? By whom?

    The trustees are supposed to be the ones that hire the director, but they cant fire her? (TCDSB)
    The TDSB trustees don’t hire the director, and quite frankly, it looks like they can’t dictate what the director does, yet the Director reports to the Trustees in both the TDSB and the TCDSB.

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