LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK – OCTOBER 16-22, 2016
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board celebrates Local Government Week and the role of elected school board trustees.
Chair of the Board Shirley Seward;
“School board trustees have been representing the democratic ideals of students and their families since 1807. We believe in and advocate for the integrity of local publicly funded schools. Our collective goal is to ensure an inclusive, safe and caring learning environment where every student has the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential.”
Did you know....?
· School board trustees are locally-elected representatives. They are elected to represent the public; they are the community’s advocates for public education; and they are the governing body for the school district. Learn more about OCDSB trustees here.
· The OCDSB has 12 elected school board trustees and two student trustees (elected by the student body for a 1 year term). School board trustees are elected to represent a particular zone (geographic area) You can learn more about the zones and see our list of trustees here. You might also be interested in this map which shows which schools are represented by which trustees.
· The OCDSB Board of Trustees usually meets three times per month; twice as Committee of the Whole and once as Board. Committee of the Whole makes recommendations for Board approval. Our Board and Committee agendas are posted to our website.
· School board trustees are elected for a four year term. The election is held as part of the municipal election which occurs on the fourth Monday in October. The next municipal election is scheduled for October 22, 2018.
· The OCDSB Board of Trustees is responsible for approving the annual budget. In 2016-2017 the OCDSB annual budget was billion $864.2M.
· School board trustees are the oldest form of elected representation in Ontario. Since 1807, generations of community-minded citizens have made decisions on behalf of local publicly funded schools, building the foundation of the system we have today.
· The election of school board trustees is governed by the Education Act and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. Both are the laws or rules that trustees follow.
· The Kindergarten-Grade 12 education sector is the second-largest recipient of provincial funding, after healthcare. The provincial government invests about $23 billion each year in education.
About Ontario’s Public Education System
· Preparing students to become productive and contributing citizens is the foundation of a civil society.
· Ontario’s English public district school boards provide universally accessible education for all students, regardless of their ethnic, racial, or cultural backgrounds; social or economic status; gender; individual exceptionality; or religious preference.
· The English public system is founded on the principle of equity of educational opportunity: every student deserves an opportunity to achieve to his or her fullest potential.
· Public school boards provide high standards in their programs and ensure that there are supports and resources to help all students reach those standards.
· Public school boards also focus on character education to ensure that students develop as caring and responsible members of their community and of Canadian society as a whole.
· Character education embraces values such as Citizenship, Cooperation, Courage, Empathy, Fairness, Honesty, Humility, Inclusiveness, Initiative, Integrity, Kindness, Optimism, Perseverance, Resilience, Respect, and Responsibility.
· English public district school boards, in partnership with parents and caregivers, prepare students for success in whatever field they choose.