The Halton Catholic School Board of Trustees consists of nine elected Trustees. Trustees are elected every four years during the municipal election:
- 3 in Burlington
- 1 in Halton Hills
- 2 in Milton
- 3 in Oakville
HCDSB Trustees represent each municipality ‘at large’, meaning they represent the whole municipality, rather than a designated section (‘by ward’). School supporters may contact any Trustee, however, it is recommended they contact a Trustee who represents their specific municipality.
Our Trustees are accountable to our school community for the decisions made by the Board. They are available and accessible to the public to address concerns from the community with respect to Board policies. They also act as ambassadors for the system, officiating and speaking at school openings and events, and advocating a wide range of issues regarding Catholic education.
The Role of Trustees
As outlined in the Education Act, elected school boards are responsible for:
- Promoting student achievement and well-being
- Promoting a positive school climate and the prevention of bullying
- Ensuring effective stewardship of the Board’s resources
- Delivering effective and appropriate education programs to its pupils
- Developing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of policies to promote the Board’s goals
- Developing a multi-year plan aimed at achieving the Board’s goals
- Annually reviewing the multi-year plan with the Director of Education
- Monitoring and evaluating the performance of the Director of Education
Guidelines for Trustee Communications
The Halton Catholic District School Board recognizes that communication is an integral part of the role of its elected Trustees. Effective communication enhances a Trustee’s ability to represent constituents, and helps to encourage public participation, build understanding and consensus in the community, and build support for publicly funded Catholic education.
The Recommended Guidelines for Trustee Communications provide some guiding principles and strategies that will support and facilitate appropriate and consistent forms of communication between Trustees and their constituents.
Communications Protocol for Parents
The Halton Catholic District School Board has established policies and procedures to ensure that parents and guardians will have their specific questions answered and/or concerns addressed. Trustees are always willing to listen to parental concerns, especially those pertaining to Board policy.
Trustees will often be contacted by parents with concerns about their child’s education. Parents are encouraged to follow the appropriate communication protocol, as per Policy V-09 Public Concerns Complaints Process.
When parents have a question about their child’s education or an individual school-based concern, they should contact their child’s school.
- Initially, the child’s teacher should be approached.
- After speaking with the child’s teacher, if the matter is not yet resolved, the parent should then contact the School Principal.
- After speaking with the School Principal, if the matter is not yet resolved, the parent should then contact the appropriate Superintendent of Education.
- After speaking with the Superintendent of Education, if the matter is not yet resolved, the parent should then contact the Director of Education.
Most issues can be resolved at the school level. Our teachers and school administrators value open communication with parents and the opportunity to address concerns at the school level.About Us