Dear New Trustee Candidate:
In January 1998 through provincial legislation, the Durham District School Board was created. Under this new governance model, the number of new trustees for the new Durham District School Board was set at eleven. The following distribution was established in March 2018 by the Durham District School Board:
The current four-year term for trustees began following the October 2014 election. The next election conducted under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 will be held on October 22, 2018 and will be for a four-year term.
The Minister of Education passed the "Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act" in December 2009. Under this legislation, Trustees have a responsibility to:
(a) carry out his or her responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under this Act, the regulations and the guidelines issued under this Act, including but not limited to the
board's duties under section 169.1;
(b ) attend and participate in meetings of the board, including meetings of board committees of which he or she is a member;
(c) consult with parents, students and supporters of the board on the board's multi-year plan;
(d) bring concerns of parents, students and supporters of the board to the attention of the board;
(e) uphold the implementation of any board resolution after it is passed by the board;
(f) entrust the day to day management of the board to its staff through the board's director of education;
(g) maintain focus on student achievement and well-being; and
(h) comply with the board's code of conduct.
The Ministry of Education has described the legislation in the following manner:
"Consultations with our education partners have strengthened this legislation with amendments that reflect their input, demonstrating our respectful and collaborative approach. It reflects our government's goal to have everyone aligned - parents, teachers, principals, trustees and board staff - and focussed on student achievement and well-being."
The following attachments are provided for your information and review:
- Candidate's Guide - 2018 Municipal Elections
- Good Governance Guide 2014
- Current List of Trustees (home addresses and phone numbers)
- Current Grouping of Schools for Trustee Liaison Purposes
- Board and Committee Meetings
- Committee Membership, 2018
- Responsibility and Code of Conduct (By-law #8)
- Policy: Trustee Criminal Reference Checks
- Regulation: Trustee Criminal Reference Checks
- Making a Difference for Kids (Running for Election as a School Board Trustee)
- Durham District School Board Calendar
- Durham Facts
- DDSB Priorities
- 2017-2018 DDSB Annual Operating Goals - Mid Year Report
- 2017/2018 Annual Report
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the office of the Trustees at: (905) 666-6363.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a trustee of the Durham District School Board.
Director of Education
Durham District School Board