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The Role of School Board Trustee

School board trustees are members of the District School Board. They are locally-elected representatives of the public, and they are the community's advocate for public education.

A school board trustee is:

  • a member of a team
  • responsible for establishing policy direction
  • accountable, as a member of a board, to the province for the proper conduct of their duties and powers, including the implementation of provincial policy and the use of provincially allocated funds
  • accountable to their electorate
  • a community leader

What are the time commitments for a School Board Trustee?

  • attending board meetings and committee meetings
  • other duties at the School Board
  • attending community meetings as a representative of the school board
  • responding to the concerns of parents and others
  • communications - responding to telephone calls, meeting requests and mail from constituents

District School Boards


School Boards are required, by March 31, 2018, to prepare a Trustee Determination and Distribution Report. The report will confirm the number of trustees to be elected and determine the distribution based on geographic and electoral population representation.


For the term of office commencing December 1, 2018 and ending on November 14, 2022:

London District Catholic School Board

  • Wards 1 & 14 - 1 trustee to be elected
  • Wards 2, 3 & 4 - 1 trustee to be elected
  • Wards 5, 6 & 7 - 1 trustee to be elected
  • Wards 8, 9 & 10 - 1 trustee to be elected
  • Wards 11, 12 & 13 - 1 trustee to be elected

Thames Valley District School Board

  • Wards 1, 11, 12 & 14 - 2 trustees to be elected
  • Wards 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 - 2 trustess to be elected
  • Wards 7, 8, 9, 10 & 13 - 2 trustees to be elected

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

  • Ward - the entire geographic area of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, the CIty of London, the County of Middlesex, the County of Perth, the County of Wellington and the County of Huron - 1 trustee to be elected

Conseil scolaire catholique Providence

  • Ward - the entire geographic are of the City of London, the County of Middlesex and the County of Elgin - 1 trustee to be elected



"School board trustees are the oldest form of elected representation in Ontario. They are champions of public education whose singular focus is the promotion of student achievement and well-being, and ensuring that all students are able to reach their fullest potential."

- Member of Provincial Parliament


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