Local Government Week, October 19 to 23!

Local Government Week, October 19 to 23!
Posted on 10/21/2020
Local Government Week, October 19 to 23!

This week, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, along with our partners at the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), is working to raise civic awareness among our students by observing Local Government Week.

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. Collectively, 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 our progress in meeting our goals.

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

Meet Your OCDSB Trustees

What is a School Board Trustee?

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.


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