School Board Trustees

This is a direct quote from the Ontario Public School Board Association, 2018.

School Board Trustees - Who are they? Why are they important?

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.

Trustees, as members of the board, are accountable to the province

The board of trustees is accountable to the Province of Ontario for the proper conduct of their duties and powers, including the implementation of provincial policy and the use of provincially allocated funds.

Trustees are accountable to their electorate

As elected officials, trustees must balance the demands of the community with the duties required by the Ministry of Education. By law, they are required to consult with parents, students and supporters of the board on the board's multi-year plan and bring the concerns of these groups to the attention of the board. This can be challenging and takes dedicated leadership coupled with a willingness to seek innovative ideas and the courage to implement them.

 

Source: Ontario Public School Board Association, 2018.

On October 22, 2018 Re-Elect Joanna Oliver for Oakville Ward 4, Public School Board Trustee

In my view, given the role education plays in supporting healthy human development during the formative years, the election of school board trustees should trump all other elections. Yet too many trustees have treated the role as a station on the way to what they view as a better office.” (Charles Pascal)
“Incumbency should not be an advantage. This new pledge should be used to seek out leaders who know how to play nice in the sandbox, who know how to deal with bullies and who are unencumbered with the kind of wartime baggage that has defined the (TDSB) board for far too long.
— Charles Pascal is a former Ontario deputy minister of education and professor at OISE/University of Toronto.