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Understanding the role of a school board trustee, February 2016

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Trustees and student trustees of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

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

DID YOU KNOW . . . that as education leaders in their communities and as advocates for the value of publicly funded education, trustee engage in ongoing professional learning?

Trustees must be knowledgeable about the school system. They must stay informed about current research and trends, as well as legal developments that affect student achievement and well-being, and on the many aspects of governing a school board. Trustees are encouraged to participate in professional learning opportunities to become more effective in their roles as informed decision-makers.

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; Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney.

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 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
Two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at Board meetings. They have the same opportunities for participation at meetings as other Board members, although are not entitled to exercise a binding vote.

The 2015-2016 student trustees are: Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Morgan Hillier, Moira 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: February 2, 2016 at 8:15 am