Local Government Week

Local Government Week is October 16-20!
Posted on 10/13/2023

October 13, 2023—The week of October 16 - 20, 2023 is recognized as Local Government Week in Ontario. It is a time to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities.

School board trustees are the oldest form of elected representation in Ontario. Since 1807, generations of community-minded citizens have made decisions on behalf of local, publicly funded schools, building the foundation of our system today.  

School board trustees are elected through municipal elections every four years. They are responsible for governing the publicly-funded schools within their jurisdiction, and for overseeing the delivery and quality of educational programs and services. Locally, HPEDSB trustees are responsible for the following:

  • Accountable for student achievement, and to the provincial government and community;
  • Policy development, implementation and review;
  • Director of education/Board relations;
  • Board development;
  • Establishing the strategic plan; and
  • Advocacy.

At HPEDSB, three student trustees are elected each year to serve a one-year term on the Board. They participate in public Board meetings, represent student opinions at the Board table and participate on committees. Through student involvement, elected school board trustees become aware of student issues, priorities and opinions.

Trustees provide overall direction for the Strategic Plan by establishing the vision, mission and priorities. Through their leadership, HPEDSB creates dynamic, inclusive educational experiences that develop capable, confident, curious learners who thrive and contribute to their communities.

Please join in recognizing Local Government Week #LocalGovWeek.