Jennifer AjandiSt. Catharines/NOTL
Sir Winston Churchill SS
Helga CampbellNiagara Falls
Lora CampbellSt. Catharines/NOTL
St. Catharines Collegiate
Prince of Wales
Diane ChaseWest Lincoln/Wainfleet
Linda CrouchSt. Catharines/NOTL
Governor Simcoe Secondary
Laura Secord Secondary
William Hamilton Merritt
Jonathan FastSt. Catharines/NOTL
Lifetime Learning Centre
Kate S Durdan
John Marshall Public School
Kate S. Durdan Public School
Martha Cullimore Public School
Orchard Park Public School
Prince Philip Public School
Princess Margaret Public School
River View Public School
Vice ChairNiagara Falls
Dave SchaubelFort Erie/Port Colborne
Fort Erie/Port Colborne
Cheryl Keddy-ScottGrimsby/Town of Lincoln
Grimsby/Town of Lincoln
- Warren HoshizakiDirector of Education and Secretary
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Like every public school board in Ontario, the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) is governed by a board of trustees. Trustees are responsible for determining policies and maintaining standards of excellence in education to ensure our students achieve success.
Committed to Student Success
DSBN Board Trustees advocate for their Communities and their Board as a whole
Public school trustees are the critical link between communities and school boards. Eleven public school trustees are elected during municipal elections every four years to represent public school supporters in the Region of Niagara and are directly accountable to the 12 communities that make up the jurisdiction of the DSBN. The current trustees have been elected to serve from Dec. 1, 2014, to Nov. 30, 2018. The trustees meet as a Board on a regular basis and have organized standing committees that also meet on a regular basis.
Working together, trustees:
- govern and establish policies;
- set budgets and govern, through policy, the provision of curriculum, facilities, human and financial resources;
- advocate for the needs of their communities, and explain the policies and decisions of the board to residents; and
- work with all levels of government to help ensure student success.
Roles & Responsibilities of Trustees under the Education Act
There are two specific provisions in the Education Act that outline the duties and powers of School Boards (s. 169.1) and the duties of individual Board members (s. 218.1). Both of these provisions can be accessed at the following links https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e02#BK143 and https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e02#BK200
In terms of the collective Board, s. 169.1 speaks to the Board’s responsibility to develop and maintain policies and programs that support student achievement and that ensure effective stewardship of resources. To monitor the learning environment, each school will conduct school climate surveys every two years. Each Board will create and implement a multi-year plan that includes measures to allocate resources to improve student outcomes and deliver effective and appropriate education to the students.
In terms of each individual Trustee, the duties of a Board member is outlined in s. 218.1 of the Education Act which states the following:
Duties of board members
218.1 A member of a board shall,
(a) carry out his or her responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under this Act, the regulations and the guidelines issued under this Act, including but not limited to the board’s duties under section 169.1;
(b) attend and participate in meetings of the board, including meetings of board committees of which he or she is a member;
(c) consult with parents, students and supporters of the board on the board’s multi-year plan under clause 169.1 (1) (f);
(d) bring concerns of parents, students and supporters of the board to the attention of the board;
(e) uphold the implementation of any board resolution after it is passed by the board;
(f) entrust the day to day management of the board to its staff through the board’s director of education;
(g) maintain focus on student achievement and well-being; and
(h) comply with the board’s code of conduct. 2009, c. 25, s. 25.
This section clearly states that day to day operations of the Board are entrusted to staff through the Director of Education. While Trustees collective focus is student achievement and stewardship of monies, it is possible individual Trustees may disagree on how to achieve these goals. However, once a collective decision has been made, each individual Trustee under s. 218.1(e) must uphold the implementation of any Board resolution after it is passed by the Board.
All mail correspondence to all trustees can be sent to 191 Carlton Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 7P4.
Emily Hilborn, Stamford Collegiate
Amal Qayum, Westlane Secondary School
The DSBN has two student trustees and they serve an important role for the District School Board of Niagara. They represent the voice of students in decisions about education in Niagara, and they help keep students informed about important decisions that affect them.
The Student Trustees meet monthly with student representatives from each of our secondary schools as part of the Student Trustee Senate. They also attend the regular public Board meetings and sever as DSBN representatives at the Provincial Student Trustee meetings.