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The Role of the Trustee

The Role of the Trustee

The Role of the Trustee

Trustees are accountable to all public school ratepayers in the district. Their responsibilities fall into several different areas, as follows:

Communication with Parents

Trustees field numerous telephone inquiries during the day and evening and are available and accessible to address concerns from the community with respect to Board policies. They also act as ambassadors for the system, officiating and speaking at school based events. Trustees are ombudspersons for students and community members, advocating a wide range of issues regarding public education.

Policy Makers

Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for approving the policies and by-laws which govern the Board’s entire operation. Policies are developed in conjunction with staff to address program, student, staff, property, Board and administration requirements. The Board is also active in many provincial educational associations and lobbies the Ministry of Education and other government bodies for changes to existing policies and legislation.

Advocates for Quality Public Education

The Board ensures that the quality of public education in our district is maintained through the development, review and evaluation of curriculum standards and testing instruments. The focus is on meeting the educational goals and needs of all students in a changing global environment. Instructional materials are written by staff in accordance with guidelines established by the Ministry of Education.

Budget Responsibilities

Trustees must allocate budget funds provided by the provincial government in accordance with Ministry of Education legislation, regulations and guidelines. The budget provides for payment of all expenses incurred for school purposes including staffing, text books, curriculum materials, school buildings, property and equipment.

Committee Responsibilities

Trustees spend time serving on Board Committees. In addition to the regular monthly Board Meeting, Trustees are required to attend Board Standing Committee meetings.

There are numerous other ad hoc committees as well as statutory committees on which Trustees are required to serve. Meetings may take place during the day or evening and usually involve Board and other resource staff. Committees develop recommendations for the Board’s consideration with respect to personnel, budget allocation, as well as program and planning for the delivery of public education.

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