School Trustee Elections 2018

On October 20, 2018 elections for local school trustees will be held in conjunction with the 2018 election for West Vancouver Mayor and Councillors. The term runs for four years from 2018 – 2022.

West Vancouver School District Resources

Board of Education Policies and Bylaws
Strategic Plan
Budgets and Financial Information

Nomination Papers

Candidate Nomination Package – School Trustee – Fillable PDF

Other Helpful Links

School Trustee Election Procedures in British Columbia
BCSTA Trustee Elections 2018
Elections BC
District of West Vancouver Election 2018

Key Dates

September 4, 2018 – September 14, 2018: Nomination Period
September 22, 2018: Election campaign period starts
October 20, 2018: General voting day
January 18, 2019: Deadline to file campaign financing disclosure statements

Questions?

Please direct all questions regarding Trustee Elections for the West Vancouver School District to the Secretary Treasurer: jleiterman@wvschools.ca.

In Canada, education is a provincial responsibility. Under the School Act of British Columbia, each school district is required to have a Board of Education, which takes on much of the responsibility for the operation of public schools.

The Board of Education is elected locally and assumes the responsibility for governing the education system in a progressive and educationally sound manner. The Board is fully accountable to you, the public.

Our current Board of Education is composed of five trustees who were elected on November 15, 2014.

West Vancouver Board of Education:

Carolyn Broady
Nicole Brown
Sheelah Donahue
Pieter Dorsman
Dave Stevenson

School District Governance

The Board’s main responsibility is to set policies for the school district. Clear, well-defined policies in all areas of school district operations are the means by which the Board gives the necessary direction to its staff — the administrators, teachers and support staff who are responsible for the operation of the school system. Trustees also oversee the school district’s operating and capital budgets and monitor the operation of education programs.

Boards of education are also responsible for a broader mandate that includes early learning and adult literacy, and the reality that education extends beyond school walls.

Public Board Meetings

At its first meeting in December of each year, the Board elects the Chair and Vice-Chair. Public Board meetings are held once a month, normally on the third Tuesday of the month. There are two question and comment periods at each regular Board meeting. You may view the schedule for the current school year online. Community members are welcome to attend public meetings.

At Board meetings, school trustees debate and vote to determine a majority decision on educational issues. In order to make well-informed decisions at meetings, the Board encourages community input in a variety of ways. Ad hoc committees may be struck to consider specific issues in more detail than is possible in the course of a regular meeting. Decisions and recommendations made in Committee are presented at a regular meeting for discussion and adoption. Over the course of the school year, trustees meet with interested members of each stakeholder group, including parents, students, teachers, administrators and support staff, in order to hear their points of view directly from them. In addition, the Board encourages community members to provide their input on topics of interest. An online feedback form allows any interested group or individual communicate their views, or to give feedback to trustees on an issue before it is approved by the Board.

Board meeting agendas and minutes are available online, the agenda normally being available on the Friday preceding the meeting.