2017 School Board Election
Interested in becoming an Aspen View school trustee?
School Board elections take place across Alberta on October 16, 2017, and interested stakeholders are encouraged to consider running for a position as an Aspen View Public Schools trustee.
Please use the information below and in the menu on the left to help you decide if trusteeship is right for you! Here are some other resources to help you with your decision:
- The Alberta School Boards Association has excellent information for potential trustees on their website.
- You should familiarize yourself with the provincial legislation that governs school board elections and the role of school boards:
If you have any questions, please contact Aspen View Public Schools Division Office at 780-675-7080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have what it takes to be a successful school board trustee?
Am I prepared to put my community and students first?
Successful school board trustees put the needs of students first. They run for office because they passionately believe a quality education is one of the most important things a community can do to ensure students have the knowledge and skills that enable them to be better prepared for life.
Do I need to be an expert in education?
No, you don’t. The school board trustee does not serve as a professional educator or as the spokesperson for a particular interest group or region. The ideal school board includes people from all aspects of life and is as representative as possible of the community it serves.
What do school board trustees do?
School board trustees are local politicians elected by and accountable to the community they serve. The provincial government delegates to school boards the responsibility for conducting the affairs of the school jurisdiction. The school board has many responsibilities, including:
- setting school division goals that ensure students have the knowledge and skills that enable them to be better prepared for life;
- planning school division priorities based on provincial curriculum requirements, community input, available resources and best practices in education;
- developing and implementing an annual budget for the school division based on curriculum requirements and strategic priorities;
- developing policies to guide school division administration and employees toward division goals;
- ensuring residents of the school division are regularly informed about the work and achievements of the school division;
- advocating on behalf of the school community to decision-makers and stakeholders on important issues that affect education, and to ensure education is a top public priority;
- ensuring regular opportunities for public input and access;
- evaluating the school division’s chief executive officer – the superintendent of schools.
Alberta’s 61 school boards include more than 400 trustees, who make important decisions about how to educate close to 600,000 students from kindergarten to Grade 12. School boards guide the expenditure of $6 billion in tax dollars.