Bluewater District School Board

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Trustee Roles

Your Bluewater Board Trustees

The Bluewater board, like every public school board in Ontario, is governed by a Board of Trustees. In Bluewater there are 9 positions elected by public school taxpayers every four years during municipal elections and 1 appointed position. Trustees are directly accountable to their community. The current trustees will serve from 2018 to 2022.


School trustees are responsible for the operation of the public school system. They are elected in accordance with the Education Act at each municipal election, by the electoral group the board represents. In the case of Bluewater District School Board, the electoral group is made up of the public school tax supporters residing in the Bluewater region. The Education Act defines, by formula, the maximum number of trustees to be elected in each particular jurisdiction. The Education Act establishes how much trustees are paid. The board also has student trustees.

As the critical link between communities and school boards, trustees ensure public schools meet the diverse needs of students.


Public school trustees are the critical link between communities and school boards. They ensure public schools meet the diverse needs of students in their communities. Together, trustees are responsible to their communities for the quality of education provided in local schools within an approved financial framework.

Each trustee is accountable, through applicable legislation and adopted policies, to:
their constituents, Bluewater District School Board, and the Province of Ontario.

Trustees are encouraged:
  • to attend and participate in all regular board meetings and, as appointed, all standing committee meetings;
  • to attend other board committees or task force assignments for which the trustee has volunteered or been appointed by the board;
  • to represent the board on community based committees and functions for which the trustee has volunteered or been appointed by the board; and,
  • to be knowledgeable about Bluewater District School Board and provincial/federal legislation in order that specific responsibilities can be carried out appropriately.
Trustees have no individual authority. Trustees have an individual responsibility to represent the constituents of their respective ward(s) to the best of their ability.  In this respect, it is the duty of the board, its staff and officers, to facilitate this opportunity, by receiving written or oral delegations and presentations by groups and individuals and to respond to them appropriately.


Trustees are responsible:
  • to evaluate and review, on a regular basis, the board's achievement of its goals, objectives and strategic plan;
  • to ensure that the board is responsibly meeting its legal and financial requirements and obligations;
  • to monitor the implementation of board directives; and,
  • to monitor the activities of the board, including the review of reports and positions taken at board and committee meetings.

Public Relations

Trustees are responsible:
  • to represent and actively promote the Bluewater board in their ward(s);
  • to work in partnership with school councils; and,
  • to support and encourage public education.

Human Resources

Trustees are responsible:
  • to establish the policies that govern the administration of personnel;
  • to appoint senior administration and other staff as identified in the Education Act;
  • to evaluate the performance of senior management of the board;
  • to support and provide opportunities for the orientation, training and development of all board employees, including trustees; and,
  • to bargain in good faith with all employee groups.
Trustees must ensure that the board's employment practices conform to employment standards and all other employment-related laws, such as employment equity, pay equity and health and safety legislation. The board provides safe environments free from any form of racism or discrimination for its employees.


The following are principles and procedures derived from explicit laws (statutes), common law precedents and long established practice:
  • The board may delegate authority to an individual trustee, employee or committee. However, ultimate control and responsibility remains with the board as a whole.
  • Members of the board are the trustees of the assets which belong to the board.
  • Members of the board are obligated to consider and protect the future of the board. It is the duty of trustees to always consider the long-term effects of each decision.
  • Trustees avoid any conflict of interest, within the spirit and letter of the law.
  • "In Committee" confidentiality must be maintained.

Election Information

Next municipal election: October 24, 2022

Purpose of the Position

A school trustee is responsible, as a member of the board:
  • to govern and set policy for Bluewater District School Board;
  • to govern for the provision of curriculum, facilities, human and financial resources for Bluewater District School Board;
  • to advocate for the needs of their communities; and,
  • as a constituency representative, to explain the policies and decisions of Bluewater District School Board to residents.
Trustees are available to help taxpayers, parents, and others address any issues they may have about the public school system.

Policy Development and Administration

Policy is the framework that governs the administration and operation of the board.

By the act of approving a policy, the board assumes full political, financial and legal responsibility for it.

By-laws are the set of rules that govern the process of board meetings and the board's affairs.

Trustees are responsible:
  • to ensure that the board's bylaws and policies are current and that all parties operate within them;
  • to set and evaluate policy for the board and to ensure that it is implemented; and,
  • to ensure that the board's purpose, governing principles, function and activities are being pursued in a responsible manner with the utmost integrity.


The board of trustees are responsible:
  • to participate in the annual budget development process;
  • to approve the board budget and to monitor its progress;
  • to demonstrate fiscal accountability; and,
  • to ensure the allocation of resources to support the board's policies and programs.
Bluewater District School Board is located on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
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