“Trustees are on the front lines and are the first point of contact in our publicly funded education system.” (MOE, 2009)
So you’ve thought about having a voice in public education, or you are just curious about how the system works. Here is your chance to learn all about what it is like to become a school board trustee.
The current Board of Trustees for the Avon Maitland District School Board is hosting a special evening on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 to share with anyone who might have an interest in becoming a trustee, what it’s like being a trustee. As the 2014 Municipal Elections come up on October 27th of this year, this is an excellent opportunity to learn as much as possible about the process and about the commitment to our students. The event begins at 7:30 pm at the Education Centre, 62 Chalk Street North in Seaforth.
You bring local knowledge of the education issues in your communities and the interests of your constituents into broader school board discussions. And school boards have the capacity to respond to local priorities, and to develop local policies, programs and solutions to respond to local needs.
The Mission Statement of the Avon Maitland District School Board calls us to “Engage, Inspire and Innovate” and recognized that students, staff, parents and volunteers are “Always Learning”
Browse through the Board website, yourschools.ca and prepare to be amazed by the breadth and depth of the programs and activities that Ontario school boards have developed to guide and shape the students of today. You will read all about our 1 to 1 iPad project, our International student program, how we “Ignite Parents” along with many great stories and videos from our schools across the district.
Ontario School Boards across the province offer programs designed to promote achievement of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students and to welcome the world of new immigrants to Canada. There are Math Olympiads, literacy initiatives, sports programs, art exhibitions, science fairs, innovative programs for special-needs kids, EcoSchools, Full-Day Kindergarten, adult education, homework clubs and a strong safety net of support services – all designed to help students succeed to the best of their abilities.
Through their membership on local school boards and their involvement with provincial school board associations, trustees also have the opportunity to play a broader advocacy role and influence government policy. Despite Budget Constraints, Ontario’s school boards have demonstrated time and again that, through the collective efforts of creative and committed trustees, they are making a difference for kids.
The following guide books offers the ABCs of running for office and outlines the roles and responsibilities of school boards and trustees.