Wed, 11 Sep, 2013
At yesterday’s regularly scheduled board meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a recommendation to include a student representative in public board meetings for the 2014-2015 school year.
“This is an exciting step for our Board and yet another example of how Trustees are working to better meet the needs of our students,” says Board Chair Sarah Hoffman.
One key feature of the recommendation is that the student representative will be elected by his or her fellow students. Trustees have asked the Administration to develop a suitable election process for the current school year so that a student representative is in place for the next school year.
The student representative will not have the right to vote and will not attend in camera meetings where Trustees discuss confidential issues in the areas of land, labour and law.
The representative will take part in public board meetings and will have the right to ask questions and participate in debate.
“Students are at the heart of everything we do as a Board and we look forward to hearing the student perspective at each board meeting,” says Hoffman. “It’s also a great way to involve our students in the democratic process and ensure the Board makes the best possible decisions.”