Advocating for students, parents, and school communities. Advocating for Catholic education – its promotion and protection – with our partners and the community at large. How? Meeting with parents and students, and our education partners, including local Councillors, MPPs and MPs.
Ensuring fair processes in resolving student, parent and school issues. How? Working with senior staff and local education partners to bring together those needed to resolve an issue. Ongoing policy change through board motions where a gap or barrier to student achievement and well being has been shown to exist.
Continuing to strengthen the framework used for effective and transparent decision-making. How? Working with trustee colleagues and our Director, seeking best practices from other jurisdictions and through membership on the Governance & Policy committee.
Meeting with all levels of government, local agencies and community partners to ensure those who influence or control resources for our students and families - they need to hear the voice of our communities and understand the needs of our students.
The board of trustees has responsibility for developing the TCDSB’s strategic multi-year plan, and approving our annual budget, in support of our board’s mission and vision as an innovative Catholic education system which acts compassionately as a witness to our faith.
Creating policies which help to create a level playing field of learning and developmental opportunities (spiritual, mental and physical) for each student. Then monitoring and evaluating the impact of these policies and making changes, where necessary.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOUR TRUSTEE ISN'T DOING THEIR JOB?
1. Write or call your trustee (link below to contact information) and cc your parent council Chair and local School Superintendent. Keep records of any evidence related to the issue/concern.
2. Invite them to a parent council or student leadership meeting and ask them your questions in a publicly accountable forum.
3. Delegate at a board or committee meeting and bring your matter to the attention of the board. The trustee Code of Conduct makes clear that " Trustees shall serve the public and their constituents in a conscientious and diligent manner" and "Trustees shall be committed to performing their functions with integrity, impartiality and transparency " So, if they aren't carrying out the duties above, then they are not acting in accordance to the Code of Conduct.
4. If you're not satisfied with the response by the trustee, then the TCDSB has an independent Integrity Commissioner to look at matters related to the conduct of trustees. As the Director of Education is an employee of the Board of Trustees, this is your best option for getting help if the matter involves a trustee.
Students and parents may contact the Integrity Commissioner directly to raise an issue related to the Trustee Code of Conduct, which includes carrying out of duties.
"Trustees provide an important link between local communities and the school board, bringing the issues and concerns of their constituents to board discussions and decision making. Trustees are elected every four years during municipal elections. Under the law, only the elected board has the power to make decisions. Trustees do not have individual authority, but do have an important role to play as members of the board, including:
In the case of Catholic trustees, the role also includes supporting publicly-funded Catholic education and promoting the ability of students to meet Catholic graduate expectations.
Every Board shall:
The current 4-year term ends in October, 2026 - elections will take place at that time.