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
- 1 in Milton
- 4 in Oakville
Trustees in Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville are elected at large, while Burlington trustees are elected by ward (1 & 2, 3 & 6, and 4 & 5). 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.
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 and Guardians
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-9 Complaints - Parents and Public to Trustees.
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.
There are 3 student trustees (1 from Burlington, 1 from North Halton (Halton Hills / Milton) and 1 from Oakville) are appointed annually by the Board to represent the interests of students.
The Education Act specifies that to be eligible to serve as a Catholic School Board trustee, an individual must be:
In the Halton Catholic District School Board, trustees' major areas of responsibility include:
- establishing the System's mission and goals
- providing programs for all students
- establishing and monitoring Board policy
- monitoring the implementation of provincial education policy
- establishing a budget and monitoring its implementation
- determining the type, size and location of schools
- employing and compensating staff
The Board of Trustees meets on the first Tuesday and the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room of the Catholic Education Centre - 802 Drury Lane, Burlington, Ontario.