2018 School Trustee Election
Thank you for considering standing for election to the Haida Gwaii School District No. 50 (SD50) Board. Being a School Board Trustee is a challenging and rewarding role. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions:
What exactly does a Trustee do?
The work of each trustee is unique. School trustees are the members of the school district’s board of education. They are locally-elected representatives of the public and they are the community’s advocates for public education in their local school district. They are required to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the School Act. A trustee’s role is to maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being, and to participate in making decisions that benefit the entire district while representing the interests of their community.
This document published by the British Columbia School Trustees Association provides more detail in to the roles and responsibility of a trustee.
What is the time commitment?
Time commitments vary by trustee and the time of year. Board and committee meeting schedules for the SD50 Board can be found here.
This document published by the British Columbia School Trustees Association provides an example of an annual schedule for one trustee.
How much are Trustees paid?
Trustees receive an annual stipend paid monthly:
- Chair – $12,680
- Vice Chair – $11,254
- Trustee – $10,303
Trustee Travel Policy
The Board recognizes the importance of Trustees participating in Board approved on or off-island activities. To this end, the Board will provide an honorarium of $100.00 for each full day spent by a trustee on such activities. In the case of activities over and above those normally expected of a trustee, provision of the honorarium will be subject to Board consideration of the importance of the activity to district priorities and the impact on the budget.
What qualifications do I need?
To be eligible to stand for election to a board of education:
- you must be a Canadian citizen
- age 18 or older on voting day
- a BC Resident for at least 6 months
- not disqualified under the school act for holding office as a trustee
Trustees come from a wide range of backgrounds and all bring a unique skill set to their work. This document published by the British Columbia School Trustees Association lists some skills and experience that could be potential assets for trustee candidates.
How does the election process work?
- General Voting Day is October 20, 2018
- Nomination Period is Sept 4, 2018 – Sept 14, 2018
- SD50 Electoral Areas can be found here.
More information can be found at the following links.
- School Trustee Election Procedures
- Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development – Local Elections 2018
(includes general information as well as links to all relevant Acts).
- Elections BC
- Candidate Meeting Notice
- Roles and Responsibilities of Elected Officials
- Video: Characteristics of Effective Locally Elected Officials
- Video: Testing Your Readiness for Local Office
- School Trustee Elections Procedure (Ministry of Education)
SD50 2018 Election Bylaw – 1819 Trustee Elections Bylaw
If you have any questions regarding the SD50 School Trustee Election please feel free to contact: