Understanding the role of a school board trustee, June 2018

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, June 2018
Posted on 05/28/2018

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

DID YOU KNOW . . .that a key responsibility of any school board is to develop and adopt policies that reflect the board's vision, mission, priorities and goals, and provide the framework for implementing the system plan?

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, trustees regularly review policies to ensure they are up to date and relevant. All HPEDSB policies can be accessed online at www.HPEschools.ca.

School boards recognize that the public trust placed in them as a collective body is honoured through determining and enforcing norms of acceptable behavior. Having a code of conduct for school board members is an effective and essential governance practice which promotes public confidence and enhances the effectiveness of the board.

The HPEDSB Code of Conduct was developed collaboratively by all Board members. It provides a common understanding about how to facilitate the work of Board members with appropriate authority and integrity and, thereby promote public confidence.

Sources: Report of the Governance Review Committee to the Minister of Education of Ontario, April, 2009 and Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

Role of Trustee

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

Board of Trustees, 2014 to November 30, 2018


Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: 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; Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Chair of the Board; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow & Vice-Chair of the Board; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney.

Student trustees learn and lead at the Board table
Involving students in Board business is a valuable learning experience.

Student trustees represent student opinions at the Board level and participate actively on committees. Hearing from student trustees at Board meetings about student issues and opinions is a way to engage these leaders beyond their school community.

Student trustees have the same opportunities to participate at meetings as elected trustees although they are not Board members and do not have a binding vote. The 2017-2018 student trustees are Meera Moorthy, Moira Secondary School and Morgan Beatty, Centennial Secondary School.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Student Trustees

Meera Moorthy & Morgan Beatty
2017-2018 student trustees