October 18 to 22 is Local Government Week!

October 18 to 22 is Local Government Week!
Posted on 10/18/2021
October 18 to 22 is Local Government Week!

From October 18-22, the OCDSB, along with our partners at the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), is working to raise civic awareness among students by observing Local Government Week.

Did you know that 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 our system today. Our board of trustees sets our vision, develops policies, allocates resources, and sets the goals that lay the foundation driving programs and operations in the board. They create our multi-year strategic plan for student achievement and well-being and recruit and monitor the performance of the Director of Education to ensure progress in meeting goals.

The social media hashtag for Local Government Week is #LocalGovWeek. Be sure to use it if you’re tweeting or posting a photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

More on School Board Trustees

School board trustees represent citizens in the education decision-making process. 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.

Trustee Role and Responsibilities:

  • Attend and participate in meetings of the board, including meetings of board committees
  • Consult with parents, students and supporters of the board on the board’s multi-year plan
  • Bring concerns of parents, students and supporters of the board to the attention of the board;
  • Uphold the implementation of any board resolution after it is passed by the board;
  • Entrust the day–to-day management of the board to its staff through the board’s director of education;
  • Maintain focus on student achievement and well-being; and
  • Comply with the board’s code of conduct.

Want to participate in a current opportunity? Learn more about and provide feedback on our Trustee Electoral Zone Boundary Review

You can also learn more about the OCDSB's Trustees

For more information on Local Government Week, please visit the OPSBA website.

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