School Trustee

This election, you cast votes for mayor, regional councillor and ward councillor. What’s often forgotten is that you can also cast a vote for school trustee.

What exactly is a trustee? (Reporter Shawn Star asked candidates at the Ward 3 Meet and Greet)

Current school board trustee Anna DeBartolo says trustee has three roles.

“Our main objective is to oversee the budget,” she said. “We have a responsibility to ensure the budget is managed properly, so that’s number 1.”

Then, a trustee also needs to account for policies and bylaws, as instructed by the provincial government.

Finally, the trustee works in the community ensuring strong communication between parents and the schools.

“We have a responsibility to parents,” she says. “We’re almost like a liaison between school systems and parents. Then we have to navigate the system to deal with the issues so we can try to get them resolved.”

— from Vaughan Today, October issue

Who can vote in a district school board election? (This info is from VaughanVotes.ca)

A. To vote in an ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PUBLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, an elector in addition to the above must:

  • be a supporter of the English-language public district school board; or,
  • not be a supporter of any board nor have qualified him- or herself as an elector for a separate or French-language school board in the election.

To vote in an ENGLISH-LANGUAGE SEPARATE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, an elector must be a Roman Catholic who must:

  • qualify him – or herself as an elector for the English-language separate district school board; or
  • be a supporter (or be the spouse of a supporter) of the English-language separate district school board.

To vote in an FRENCH-LANGUAGE PUBLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, the elector must be a French-language rights holder who:

  • qualifies as an elector for the French-language public district school board; or
  • is a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language public district school board.

To vote for a FRENCH-LANGUAGE SEPARATE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, an elector must be a Roman Catholic French-language rights holder who:

  • qualifies as an elector for the French-language separate district school board; or
  • is a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language separate district school board.
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