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Board of Education

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The Board of Education's Vision is:
“We prepare our learners to think creatively and critically, communicate skilfully, and 
demonstrate care for self and others
For a full list of the Board's Vision and Guiding Principles, click on the link provided.   Vision and Guiding Principles

The Board of Education
For more than a century, the Surrey Board of Education has been guiding public education for families in Surrey, White Rock and Barnston Island. Today, the board oversees 124 elementary and secondary schools. With a growing enrolment of more than 70,000 students, Surrey School District is the largest and one of the most diverse of 60 school districts in British Columbia.
Making educational and operational policy decisions about such a large school system requires effective leadership at the local level. The Surrey Board of Education comprises seven members of the community who have been elected to make decisions about the best possible delivery of educational services to learners, while ensuring taxpayers’ dollars are spent effectively and efficiently. Each December, the board conducts an election for chairperson and vice-chairperson for the coming year at a public board meeting.
The main tasks of the school trustees are:
  • determine educational goals and priorities,
  • set district budgets according to those goals and priorities,
  • establish policies,
  • plan for the future of the district,
  • communicate with the people of Surrey and White Rock about educational matters.

Governance Framework and Annual Work Plan
In an effort to provide a better understanding of the work of the Surrey Board of Education, the Surrey School District has developed a document detailing the role of elected trustees, their key governance activities and how their goals align with the district's vision.

The Governance Framework and Annual Work Plan highlights the importance and complexity of the board's work in B.C.'s largest school district, overseeing a $700-million budget, 75,000 students and 10,560 employees. It also serves as a strategic planning document for the year ahead.

Included in the document is a month-by-month calendar of key governance activities, broken down into the five categories of effective governance:

1. Setting the strategic direction in the context of the district and province;

2. Monitoring the performance of the system and adjust plans as necessary;

3. Attending to both internal and external compliance and accountability;

4. Engaging effectively with stakeholders and the public and operate on a basis of transparency; and

5. Advocating for public education locally and provincially.

The easy-to-read plan describes how the work of the board unfolds monthly, as well as showing the monthly professional development and operational briefings undertaken by trustees and key dates when trustees represent Surrey in their provincial liaison role.


The Role of District Administration
Day-to-day management of the school district is a major task. The Board of Education employs a team of skilled professionals and support staff to carry out this administrative responsibility under the leadership of the superintendent of schools. In the capacity of chief executive officer, the superintendent is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the school district’s operations.
With more than 130 schools, learning centres and district offices and 8,000 employees, the school district is Surrey’s biggest business and largest employer. Effective management of the district’s financial and business affairs is the responsibility of the secretary-treasurer.
The superintendent and the secretary-treasurer sit with trustees at board meetings. They and other senior members of administration may be called upon to assist the board during meetings.

Accountability to the Community
The Board of Education for the Surrey School District has been created under the School Act. Within the limitations of the Act, trustees are empowered to determine local policy for the effective and efficient operation of schools in the district.
School boards have been established in the belief that local people are in the best position to make decisions appropriate to the educational needs of their community. To this end, your trustees have been elected by the people of Surrey and White Rock to make educational decisions on their behalf.
In doing so, the trustees must act as a board, rather than as individuals. Only the board as a whole may make decisions; the chairperson, committees of the board, or individual trustees cannot decide board actions.
Actions requiring decisions by the board are debated at board meetings in accordance with “Robert’s Rules of Order,” then voted on by the trustees.
Session info
Time: 6/19/2019 7:47:12 AM
Host: AS79
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