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A School Board election will be conducted under authority of Municipal Councils and School Board Elections Act and will be held October 24, 2018. The senior Election Official will be accepting Nomination Papers commencing September 12, 2018 during the election period. Nomination papers will be available from the City of Winnipeg, City Clerk's Department, Administration Building at 510 Main Street, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as the Winnipeg School Division, 1577 Wall Street East. Nomination papers must have 25 signatures of voters whose names appear on the Voters List. Signatures must also be from residents who reside in the ward in which they are seeking election. The deadline to file is September 18, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
WARD BOUNDARIES/TRUSTEE PRESENTATION
Winnipeg School Division has a nine-ward system with one trustee representative per ward.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Winnipeg School Board is established as a corporation under the terms of the Public Schools Act of Manitoba. The Board of Trustees is responsible for providing education in Kindergarten to S4 and adequate accommodation for the resident persons have the right to attend school under the Act, for employing teachers and such other personnel as may be required by the division, and prescribing their duties; and for determining the number, kind, grade and description of schools to be established and maintained. The Board of trustees is responsible for setting policy under which the division operates and determining the level of the annual budget. The Board is comprised of nine trustees who are elected by the local residents.
The decision made by a school board at its meetings set the overall direction and policy for the school division. The school board employs administrators to see that this direction is implemented in an effective and efficient manner and for the day-to-day operation of the school division.
Trustees shall serve as the Board of Trustees of the Winnipeg School Division and when acting as a Board, all of the powers, duties, and responsibilities as are set out in the Public Schools Act, its Regulations and any other act of the Province of Manitoba applicable to the Boards of Trustees of school divisions.
A guide to School Boards and Trusteeship has been developed by the Manitoba School Boards Association to assist in providing an overview on the role of trustees.
In accordance to Section 7 of By-Law 1103, the annual indemnity ranges from $21,500 to $26,500 to assist with Board Business including attending meetings.
ABOUT THE WINNIPEG SCHOOL DIVISION
The Winnipeg School Division is the largest and oldest school division in the Province of Manitoba. The division provides educational programs and services for more than 33,000 students from Nursery to Grade 12. The students in the division come from a variety of backgrounds and include a significant Aboriginal and multi-ethnic population as well as a number of students with special needs.
The members of the School Board are proud of the scope and excellence of the programs and supports provided for the students in the Winnipeg School Division. The cost of educating students in the Winnipeg School Division in 2016/2017 was more than $396 million. While over half of this cost is funded by the provincial government, a large part of the cost is supported by the property taxpayers in the Division.
There are approximately 6,000 employees who work either on a full or part-time basis including instructional staff, clerks, educational assistants, custodians, tradespeople and administration. The division facilities consist of 78 schools, approximately 5,130,000 square feet of building space and approximately 300 acres of grounds. It is important to share these facts about the division with parents and residents to appreciate the complexity of operating a large public school system.
As leaders in education, our schools and our division take great pride in providing high quality and innovative programs and services for our students and their families. The Board of Trustees is proud of the programs and services offered to students in the Winnipeg School Division and we are grateful of all the staff who make this possible.
The Board of Trustees believes that the education of children is a partnership between the home and the school community.
BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
Regular meetings of the Board are held during the first and third weeks at 7:00 p.m. and delegations are to be referred to present at the beginning of Regular meetings for the period of September, 2018 to November, 2018. Special meetings will only be held when required.
Procedural By-Law 1263
Frequently Asked Questions
Civic Election Candidate's Guide