Be a leader in your community.... Become a School Board Trustee
Nomination Deadline: September 18, 2017
Election Date: October 16, 2017
Do I have what it takes to be a successful school board trustee? Am I prepared to put my community and students first? Successful school board trustees put the needs of students first. They run for office because they passionately believe a quality education is one of the most important things a community can do to ensure students have the knowledge and skills that enable them to be a better prepared for life. CLICK HERE for more information from Alberta School Boards Association.
Duties of Public School Trustee:
The School Act outlines the broad spectrum of the powers and duties of a School Board, which ensures public education is of high quality and meets local needs. The Board of Trustees has responsibility to be in touch with the public's concerns, to make people aware of what the board does and why, and to give citizens every opportunity to have a say in what our children learn. Specific responsibilities include:
- Advocating for public education
- Ensuring each student and each staff member is provided with a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging.
- Hiring and evaluating the Superintendent
- Communicating, informing and involving parents, staff and the community-at-large in school board decisions and activities
- Adopting an annual budget that achieves district priorities
- Setting goals and priorities for the jurisdiction that achieve provincial standards, meet the needs of students and reflect the community's wishes
- Making and enforcing policies that set out standards and expectations regarding the actions of administration, teachers and students
- Lobbying municipal and provincial governments on education issues of importance to the jurisdiction
- Adjudicating policy or decisions appeals
- Understanding and supporting the important role that public education plays in the development of the community
- Attending Board meetings and contributing to the business of the Board
Regular Board Meetings are currently held once per month, on the second Wednesday, beginning at 12 noon. Regular Board Meeting times and dates are set by resolution of the Board at their Organizational Meeting (held once per year).
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Other committee appointments may occur on an ad hoc basis as needs and issues arise. These committee appointments may be made at the Board's Organizational Meeting (held once per year), or as needed throughout the year as business arises.
Trustees also serve as liaison to 3 - 4 schools connecting with the school community. Liaison appointments are determined annually at the Board's Organizational Meeting.