School Trustee Information
What do Trustees Do?
Effective School Boards are essential to the success of the education system. School Boards govern their school system, maintaining standards set by provincial legislation. Trustees are elected to serve the community, share control and create self-reliance and trust on the part of all that are touched by the local education system. Given the crucial role of schools in our community, it is important to have a strong group of trustees who are committed to public education.
The Board of Trustees of Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools (WRPS) shape today’s students’ into tomorrow’s citizens. They control the direction and quality of local public education and make decisions that impact the economic, social and cultural life of a community. School boards make decisions about how education is delivered locally. Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools Policies and Guidelines directly impact the development of the children in the community. In short, the decisions WRPS Trustees make affect all residents, whether they have children in school or not. It is vital to have good candidates running for the school board, WRPS encourages people with an interest in children and a vision for public education to consider running for the office of trustee in the upcoming election.
The Board’s roles include:
- planning for the jurisdiction, setting priorities for the system in light of community wishes, available resources and sound educational practice
- setting goals for the jurisdiction, ensuring education stays in step with today’s world
- evaluating the chief executive officer, the Superintendent of Schools
- adopting an annual budget for the school system
- developing policy to guide the administration and employees toward division goals
- communicating with the community and staff on behalf of the jurisdiction
- educating others, with a goal of ensuring education is given a high priority by the public and to keep the community aware of the jurisdiction’s achievements
- gathering information in order to make sound decisions
- adjudicating in policy disputes
- lobbying all levels of government on behalf of education
What are the Qualifications of a successful trustee?
“What are the qualifications of a successful trustee?”
Individuals don’t need to be an “education expert” to be a school trustee. The ideal school board includes trustees from all walks of life. The role of the trustee is not to serve as a professional educator or act as the spokesperson for a particular interest group. Rather the effective school trustee represents the wishes of all parents, students, and community members.
Trustees put the needs of children first. They run for office because they are committed to making things better for all Alberta’s children.
Trustees, acting individually, have no authority to make decisions. The School Board, in public meetings, has the power to make decisions that affect schools in the jurisdiction. Trustees must act as team players.
Trustees must be effective communicators to the community about wants and needs and ensure the public is kept up-to-date of the Board’s plans and decisions.
General Information for Candidates
Terms of Office:
- If elected at a general election – shall hold office for a term of four years.
- Holds office from the Organizational Meeting following the general election to the Organizational Meeting of the Board after the next general election.
- By - Election Ward 3 2018 – February 26
- Shall be 4 weeks before election day 2018 – January 29
- Receive nominations between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon
Form of Nomination:
- Shall be on prescribed form, signed by at least 5 electors eligible to vote in the election and resident of the jurisdiction on the date of signing nomination.
- Candidate must provide written acceptance, (prescribed form) accompanying nomination form.
Withdrawal of Nomination:
- If more than required number of candidates is nominated, any nominee may withdraw within 24 hours after close on nomination period. Withdrawal in writing to the Returning Officer.
Any person may be nominated if he/she is:
- eligible to vote in that election,
- has been a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day
- is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified