What Does Your School Board Do?

We are often asked "What do School Boards do?" The answer lies in understanding both the role of the Board, and of its individual members.

School Boards are elected representatives of their communities and work in partnership with the province to deliver the public school program.

School Boards are empowered to provide leadership and direction to the school system through the Superintendent of schools, who is directly accountable to the School Board. The Superintendent in turn is responsible for hiring and managing all other employees, respecting provincial legislation and policies, and collective agreements.

School Boards need to develop and execute community engagement plans to keep parents, students and residents properly informed and engaged in the education system.

Individual School Board Members have no authority on their own. It is the overall Board that has authority to make decisions.

School Board Members are elected and accountable to their constituents and are expected to be responsive to requests from parents and the general public, while working within a set of guidelines and procedures to effect any action on issues.

School Board Members are guided by a code of conduct.

School Board Members make their greatest contribution by working with their colleagues and senior administration team to determine their collective expectations for results in improving student engagement and results.


We have developed this blog to increase understanding on the roles and operations of School Boards, and to provide information on current events related to schools. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive automatic notices of new blog posts.

Next: Eight Characteristics of Effective School Boards .



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