What is a Trustee?
Some of you may ask “what the heck is a School Board Trustee and what do they do?” as many of you have never been engaged by our local representative.
A Trustee is the steward for the EPSB, and helps guide an annual budget of 1.161 Billion dollars, (that’s more than it cost’s to build Rogers Place, and pay the entire roster for the Edmonton Oilers -every year.)
Trustee’s need to have the experience in managing large portfolios. I have the expertise, experience and knowledge that is required, I have assisted many companies and C-Suite executives in obtaining market access for their products. I have stopped the sale of Billion dollar publicly owned companies, assisted dozens of large companies in acquiring different business channels, and lead small tech start-ups for future growth, and introduced high ranking dignitaries and elected officials in International Trade and other important aspects.
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A key responsibility for trustees is to stay in touch with community stakeholders so that they understand, and reflect in their decision-making, what all citizens value and want from their local public schools. It’s important to note that trustees do not represent any one school, neighbourhood or community. Rather, they make decisions based on the needs of the entire jurisdiction. Trustees are:
Communicators: Trustees ensure the community has a say in what children learn by communicating effectively with stakeholders and ensuring their concerns and wishes are heard.
Planners: Trustees develop plans to deal with student needs and to actively participate in the economic and social strength of local communities.
Policymakers: Trustees create policies to guide administration and staff. They also evaluate the impact of these policies and make adjustments where necessary.
Advocates: Trustees address and seek resolution of public education issues of importance to students, parents, and the community at large.
Educators: Trustees play a key role in developing tomorrow’s citizens because they have the ability to make independent decisions that impact the direction and quality of public education.
Adjudicators: Trustees hear and make judgments concerning local education decisions, procedures or policies that individuals, groups or the public feel are unfair or improper.
Lobbyists: Trustees communicate with municipal and provincial governments to ensure those who influence funding and other resources hear the voice of the local community.
Legislators: Trustees make decisions that have the status and impact of law – for example, decisions governing and enforcing the conduct of students and staff.
Politicians: Trustees are elected every four years to govern the local public education system on behalf of the community. The democratic process ensures the public is engaged in the public education system.
The Alberta School Boards Association provides support and resources for school boards and trustees. Visit them at asba.ab.ca