Shape the Future of Education: Become a Trustee with the Good Spirit School Division Board
The Good Spirit School Division, situated in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, serves as an exemplary educational institution, catering to the needs of over 6,000 students across East Central Saskatchewan. Operating 27 schools in 15 communities, the Division is overseen by 11 elected trustees, demonstrating a commitment to democratic governance in education. Employing nearly 1,000 dedicated permanent and part-time staff members, the Division boasts an operating budget exceeding $80 million dollars. This substantial investment underlines its dedication to providing top-notch educational opportunities. Remarkably, the Division consistently meets or surpasses nearly all educational benchmarks set by the Ministry of Education and the Province of Saskatchewan. Renowned for its inclusive and nurturing approach, the Good Spirit School Division stands as a beacon of caring and excellence in education. Its foundational values of belonging, diversity, learning, perseverance, and responsibility are evident, ensuring that "Students Come First" is not just a motto, but a lived reality in all its public schools.
Core Values of GSSD
- Belonging: Promote an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued.
- Diversity: Celebrate the unique contributions of everyone in the division.
- Learning: Foster innovative educational opportunities.
- Perseverance: Support an environment conducive to learning and growth.
- Responsibility: Uphold the Foundational Statements and strive for excellence.
Role of the Board/Trustee
- Accountability to Provincial Government
- Ensuring compliance with provincial educational standards and policies.
- Performing Board functions as per governing legislation and Board policy.
- Community Accountability
- Making decisions that reflect community values and the interests of the Division.
- Engaging in dialogue and respecting diverse perspectives.
- Strategic Planning and Reporting
- Setting strategic priorities and outcomes, aligning with the Division's vision.
- Evaluating and reporting on the Division's achievements.
- Policy Oversight
- Creating and approving policies that align with the Board's vision and mission.
- Regularly reviewing policy impacts and effectiveness.
- Director of Education/Board Relations
- Selecting and evaluating the Director, providing clear corporate direction.
- Delegating administrative authority while respecting the Director's executive role.
- Political Advocacy
- Building relationships to support the Division’s goals.
- Developing and reviewing advocacy plans to promote the Board's mission.
- Board Development
- Focusing on ongoing learning and effectiveness of Board members.
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Overseeing budgeting and fiscal management to ensure resource allocation aligns with priorities.
Becoming a GSSD Board Member: What You Need to Know
Being a trustee in GSSD involves significant commitment and engagement in various educational, administrative, and community activities. It's a role that requires dedication, a willingness to collaborate, and a commitment to the continuous improvement of educational standards and policies. Here's a summary of what interested individuals need to know:
Meeting Schedule and Location:
GSSD typically holds nine regular board meetings and one special board meeting each year. These meetings are usually conducted at the Good Spirit Education Complex from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Meeting Activities and Topics:
During these meetings, the Board and administration engage in discussions and review information on various topics. These topics fall into several categories:
- Accountability: Involves reporting to the Board on key areas, often requiring a Board Motion and is connected to CEO Quality Indicators.
- Board Business: May include policy review and matters that require Board approval. May also require a Board Motion.
- Board Development: Entails fast facts on topics relevant to division operations.
- Director’s Report: Information is shared with the Board; Board Motion is not required here.
- Relationship Building: Focuses on building or maintaining ethical relationships and networks beneficial for mutual goals.
- Governance and Policy: The Board of Education is governed by the Education Act and Education Regulations. The GSSD has developed 20 Board Policies that align with these guidelines set out by the Government of Saskatchewan.
Delegation of Authority:
The Board delegates authority to the Director of Education, who operationalizes these documents into Administrative Procedures.
The Board of Education has seven standing committees, including the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Indigenous Advisory Committee, LINC Negotiations Committee, Support Staff Negotiations Committee, Transportation Committee, and Workplace Wellness Steering Committee.
Supporting School Community Councils:
Trustees support the School Community Councils for 24 of their 27 schools (Colony Schools do not have SCCs).
Trustees participate in activities of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, Public Section, Saskatchewan High School Athletics, and East Central Athletics.
While the position of a Trustee is voluntary, GSSD provides compensation in various forms:
- Monthly allowances for the Board Chair and Vice Chair.
- Allotments for preparation time, as meeting packages require extensive review.
- Per meeting allotments, professional development allotments, and mileage.
For more information:
- Engage in a conversation with a current GSSD Trustee!