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How is the school board organized and run?
In Ontario, the Ministry of Education is responsible for publicly funded elementary and secondary education.
Publicly-funded schools in Ontario are managed by district school
boards. Local representatives, called trustees, are
elected to the boards during municipal elections. Trustees represent the interests of parents and the
A guide called "Who does what in Ontario's public education system?" explains that school boards are responsible for:
- Deciding how to spend the funds they receive from
the province for things like hiring teachers and
other staff, building and maintaining schools and
purchasing school supplies.
- Deciding where new schools should be built and
when and if schools should close.
- Providing programs in schools such as special
education, programs for newcomers and French
- Developing local education policy (for example, safe
- Setting an annual balanced budget for the school board.
- Tips for parents.
- Ensuring schools follow the rules set out in the
- Establishing a school council at each school and a Parent Involvement Committee for the board.
You can find out who your trustee is by asking at the school
office or contacting your local school board.
Many community agencies can help you find information about school for your children.
To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "settlement services" in your area.
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October 28, 2015