Become a Trustee

What is a Trustee?

School board trustees are members of a school board. They are elected to serve until the next general election to represent the public and serve their school community.

Becoming a trustee allows you to play a key role in Newfoundland and Labrador’s education system. Through your role as a trustee, you will have a direct impact on the school community and contribute to important school board decisions and processes, while gaining experience and working with various education stakeholders and people who share your interest in strengthening the province’s school system.

A trustee has a very important and valuable role, acting on behalf of the public and a school board. Below are just some of the responsibilities of a board trustee:

  • Policy
    • Trustees set policy direction and oversee its development and implementation by the school board
  • Vision
    • Trustees establish long-term goals to improve Newfoundland and Labrador’s education system
  • Accountability
    • Trustees promote greater accountability to the province and community
  • Quality
    • Trustees promote and work towards continuous improvement of the school boards
  • Communication
    • Trustees consult with community members and advocate for the best interests of parents, students, and the community-at-large

A school board trustee acts as the community’s advocate for education and works to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the Schools Act, 1997 (