THE WORK OF THE SCHOOL TRUSTEE

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

Other Reimbursements

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.

Trustee Electoral Areas

  • Electoral Area 1   Old Massett: including New Town
  • Electoral Area 2   North: including Village of Masset, Tow Hill, Nadu, to just north of the Watt Lake Forestry Road
  • Electoral Area 3  Central: including Village of Port Clements, Tlell, Lawn Hill, to just north of Miller Creek
  • Electoral Area 4  Skidegate
  • Electoral Area 5  South: incl. Village of Queen Charlotte, Moresby Island, Miller Creek

BECOMING A SCHOOL TRUSTEE

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 general voting day (October 20, 2018)
  • a BC Resident for at least 6 months immediately before date of filing nomination papers
  • not disqualified under the School Act or other enactment from being nominated for, or holding office as a trustee, or otherwise disqualified by law.

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 nomination and election process work?

  • Collect, complete, and submit the Nomination Package no later than 4pm Sept. 14, 2018
  • Nomination Period:  September 4, 2018 – September 14, 2018
  • Advanced Voting Day: October 10, 2018
  • General Voting Day: October 20, 2018

Useful Resources:

Additional Resources:

Election Bylaw:

SD50 Election Bylaw – Trustee Elections Bylaw (2018)

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding the SD50 School Trustee Election please feel free to contact: