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Become a Student Trustee!

Become a Student Trustee!
Become a Student Trustee!

 

Upper Canada District School Board

Student Trustee Election

April 2018

Who is eligible?

In general, any student entering Grades 11 or 12, who currently attends a school full-time and is a pupil in good standing for entire year in the Upper Canada District School Board, can apply to be a Student Trustee.

Specifically, a person is qualified to act as a Student Trustee if he or she:

  • Is a full time pupil (taking 6 or more courses[1]) at an Upper Canada District School Board secondary school in the senior division (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
  • Is 16 years of age or older by December 31 of the year in which he or she holds office;
  • has the consent of their parent / guardian (if under 18 years of age) to serve as a Student Trustee, and
  • has provided evidence of strong academic standing in their current school program, good leadership and communication skills.

Please note that, in accordance with the Education Act, a person is not qualified to be elected or act as a Student Trustee if he or she is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution.

What do Student Trustees do?

A Student Trustee is a representative of the students for their school board and are present at the board table. They offer insights, opinions or perspectives on behalf of all students in the Upper Canada District School Board. The role of the Student Trustee has three key elements where they represent the views of students or support student leadership:

  1. Serving as the Chairperson of the UCDSB Student Senate. The Senate meets three times during the school year, with representatives from each of our secondary schools in attendance;
  2. Attending Board Meetings held by the public school board in Brockville. These meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday evening, each month. Student Trustees present brief reports to the Board of Trustees, up to four times a year.
  3. Attending the two Ontario Student Trustee Association’s (OSTA-AECO) conferences (Toronto / Ottawa)​, as well as being an active member of this organization​.
  4. The term of office for the Student Trustee is August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019. An honorarium of $2500.00 is provided to the Student Trustee at the end of their term of office.

Student Trustees Elections – April 2018:

There are keys steps that guide our search for a new Student Trustee:

Step 1:  Students interested in becoming a Student Trustee need to complete a brief application form by Monday, April 16, 2018. A short list of Student Trustee candidates will be identified from among the applications received by school board.

Step 2: An application review panel (involving School Board Trustees and our current Student Trustee) will develop a final list of candidates on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. These candidates will be placed on the ballot.

Step 3: Members of the UCDSB Student Senate will elect a candidate from the ballot, at their meeting on Friday April 20, 2018.

Students interested in applying to be our Student Trustee must note  the following information:

  • Download and complete an application form, which can be downloaded here;
  • Completed forms are due ​by 12:00 Noon on April 16, 2018, and must be sent to the attention of Lisa Workman, Trustee Liaison Officer for the Upper Canada District School Board, at lisa.workman@ucdsb.on.ca



 

[1] A full-time pupil may also be an exceptional pupil in a special education program, for whom the Board has reduced the length of the program under subsection 3 (3) of Regulation 298.

 

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