What is a School Board Trustee?

School board trustees are the members of a school board. They are locally-elected representatives of the public, and they are the community’s advocate for public education. They are required to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the Education Act.

A trustee’s role is to maintain a focus on student achievement, well-being and equity and to participate in making decisions that benefit the board’s entire jurisdiction while representing the interests of their constituents. Trustees must also communicate the views and decisions of the board back to their constituents.

This is not as simple as it sounds. Because Ontario is a large and diverse, the job of school board trustee varies widely. A trustee is responsible for identifying the needs and priorities of their community and for ensuring these are considered in the decisions that result in practical educational opportunities for students. In doing so, trustees must mediate conflicting interests and values. A trustee must do this in collaboration with the other members of the school board by developing policies that work for all students, ensuring they are implemented effectively. It is the local trustee who makes sure that the community has a direct way to express its views on vital education decisions that affect our day-to-day lives. School trustees play an indispensable role in preserving our democratic heritage.

Trustees

  • are members of a team,
  • are responsible for establishing policy direction,
  • are, as members of the board, accountable to the province,
  • are accountable to their electorate,
  • are community leaders,
  • champion equity in education,
  • hold themselves accountable to their conduct.

Excerpt from: Making a Difference for Kids, Running for Election as a School Board Trustee, Guide for Candidates and Communities www.elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org

If elected Trustee, I promise to keep you up to date on what I do as well as the entire Board of Trustees.

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