From October 21-25, the Toronto District School Board, along with our partners at the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), will be celebrating Local Government Week.
School board trustees are the oldest form of elected representatives 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.
Trustees are elected by the public during municipal elections. As a Board, they work together to advocate for public education and the achievement and well-being of students and their families.
The TDSB has 22 Trustees, the largest representation in Canada, who represent the unique needs, priorities and educational requirements of their communities.
Trustees meet as a Board at least once a month during the school year, which is live-broadcasted, and attend regular standing committee meetings, to discuss and make decisions about the important work at the TDSB.
Trustees set the Board’s vision, establish policies, allocate resources and set goals that lay the foundation for driving programs and operations. They also recruit and monitor the performance of the Director of Education. Currently, the Board is focused on achieving the goals outlined in the Multi-Year Strategic Plan.
The Board also includes two Student Trustees. Each year, they are elected along with the TDSB Student Senate Executive. Student Trustees attend Board meetings and represent the voice of all students at the TDSB.
To learn more about the history and the roles and responsibilities of school board trustees, please refer to the following resources provided by the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association:
Follow #LocalGovWeek on Twitter to see how the TDSB and other organizations are celebrating Local Government Week 2019.
Toronto District School Board Trustees