The next trustee election is Monday, October 18, 2021.
Elections for school trustees are held at the same time as local government elections. School trustees are elected by Catholic school taxpayers and serve a four-year term.
What is the Role of a School Trustee?
Trustees act as advocates to ensure our students receive the best possible faith-filled educational opportunities. Trustees must be prepared to put the needs of students first. They must also be willing to act in the best interests of all district schools and students and not focus their efforts on a particular issue or school.
As elected officials, trustees are accountable to the community and responsible for overseeing and directing the school district's operations. They are communicators, policy makers, role models and politicians. 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.
Catholic school trustees also play an integral role as advocates for Catholic education by ensuring students receive an education permeated by our Catholic faith. As an Alberta Catholic school district, our Board of Trustees is accountable to both the Bishop of Calgary and Minister of Education.
Who can Become a Candidate?
Candidates seeking trusteeship must be eligible to vote in the election and have been a resident of their local jurisdiction for six consecutive months immediately preceding the election. Candidates seeking trusteeship for our district must also be Catholic.
Candidates may not be employed by a school district, school division, charter school or private school on nomination day. An employee who wishes to be nominated as a candidate must apply, before nomination, for a leave of absence prior to their last working day.
2021 General Election Candidate Information
About the Board of Trustees
District Administrative Procedures
City of Calgary Wards
Campaigning at Catholic Parishes
Candidates wishing to campaign at parishes are required to first contact the parish priest who will provide information and guidance on what is permitted at that parish.
The Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1 Bylaw Number 186-2017, in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act, requires public disclosure of campaign contributions and campaign expenses for candidates for school trustee.
See here for candidate disclosures of campaign contributions and expenses.