School trustees play a vital role in managing the affairs of the districts they serve. As elected officials, they are accountable to the community and are responsible for setting the direction of the school district through governance.
Their duties include setting priorities for the school system based on available resources, adopting an annual budget, developing policies to guide administration and advocating to ensure education remains a public priority. Trustees for Calgary Catholic also play an integral role as advocates for Catholic education. They must ensure students receive an education permeated by our Catholic faith.
The Government of Alberta delegates much of its authority for the governance of education to locally elected boards through the provincial School Act, making school boards accountable to the Minister of Education. As a Catholic school district, our Board of Trustees is also accountable to the Bishop of Calgary.
Policies and programs set by Catholic school trustees are instrumental in setting the environment for the faith formation of our children. Catholic school trustees play diverse roles including:
- Advocates for Education and Children – Trustees are responsible for maintaining a positive image and a high profile for Catholic education locally, provincially and nationally. Trusteeship means partnering with parents, as the primary educators of their children, to ensure that children are provided with the best possible educational opportunities. Read more under Hot Topics in Education.
- Communicators – Trustees act as important liaisons with their electorate, the government; the media, school staff and other board members. Trustees must also build their knowledge about education issues and analyze pertinent information they receive in order to make effective decisions for the district they serve.
- Leaders – Trustees set goals and statements of purpose for the school district.
- Planners – Trustees must establish priorities to meet the goals set by the board, taking into account the desires of the community and the financial and human resources available. They must also be willing to devote a significant amount of time to their work as trustees.
- Policy Makers – Trustees develop policies that guide staff in achieving school district goals and adopt an annual budget for the school system.
- Politicians – Trustees have a public responsibility to ensure their school district meets the educational and financial guidelines issued by the Alberta government. They must also ensure the Catholic community’s beliefs are reflected in the school district’s policies and programs.
- Role Models – Trustees must be committed to living their Catholic faith as part of their daily lives.