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Understanding the role of a school board trustee, April 2015

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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 10 trustees. Nine are elected and one is appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. In addition, two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board.

This is the second in a series of articles about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

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DID YOU KNOW . . . that school trustees meet regularly and the framework for Board meetings is set out in the Education Act?

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board holds public Board meetings on the fourth Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., and agendas and minutes are posted on the board website at www.HPEschools.ca > About HPEDSB > Board and Committee Meetings.

At public Board meetings, trustees use Robert’s Rules of Order as the accepted parliamentary procedure to ensure orderly and productive meetings.

The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

Trustees for 2014 – 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County & Chair of the Board; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Vice-Chair of the Board; Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney. The trustee position for Southeast Hastings is presently vacant.

As a member of the board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the board’s by-laws, be loyal to the board’s decisions and abide by the Code of Conduct. As elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Student trustees for the 2014-2015 school year
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board also has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board. They are not members of the board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote but they have the same opportunities for participation at meetings of the board. The 2014-2015 Student Trustees are: Cameron Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Alyssa Mifflin, Centennial Secondary School.

Source: Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: April 9, 2015 at 8:15 am