Education Act, Alberta’s legislature has delegated some authority for the governance of education to school boards. As statutory corporations, school boards have obligations to perform and they have powers to carry out these tasks.
The citizens of Calgary elect trustees to govern The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) on their behalf. Trustees are elected during the municipal election; the next election will be held on Oct. 18, 2021. On Dec. 17, 2020 the Board of Trustees approved the
CBE Ward System Bylaw which provides for the nomination and election of trustees by wards and determines the boundaries of the wards.
Public school board trustee candidate information and election progress for the 2021 Municipal Election are available on
City of Calgary election website.
The Alberta School Board Association has also produced a campaign manual that includes a list of resources and supports for candidates running for public school board trustee.
Legal Status of the CBE Board of Trustees
The school board is a corporate entity created under the authority of the Education Act.
- Each school division in Alberta is a statutory corporation established under section 77 of the
- Each trustee elected to the board of trustees is a director of the corporation.
The board of trustees is granted many types of authority to enable it to fulfil its mandate to provide kindergarten to Grade 12 education within the jurisdiction. There powers relate to providing educational services.
Role of the Board
School boards exercise leadership through governance in three areas: fiduciary leadership, strategic leadership and generative leadership.
When fulfilling its fiduciary leadership the school board focuses on its legal responsibilities to ensure:
- Each student has the opportunity to achieve his/her potential
- Children are safe at school
- The jurisdiction’s financial and capital resources are well managed
- Its business is conducted in a legal and ethical manner
When acting in its strategic leadership role the school board is planning for the future. The school board works on the school division’s mission, vision, values and goals. The school board may also provide direction through its policies. The school board makes decisions about resources, programs and services that reflect its long term priorities.
Generative leadership reflects the belief that “it takes a whole village to raise a child”. In this role, the school board talks to the community about the community’s needs, the community’s youth and the future.
The school board is an advocate for public education and for the local school system. In this capacity, the school board consults with its constituents and shares information with MLAs and government – as an individual board – and collectively through the Alberta School Board Association. School boards advocate for students.
Setting and Providing Direction
The school board sets and provides overall direction to the CBE through its Governance Policies, Results and Operational Expectations.
The school board gathers information from many sources; processes that information, evaluates it and makes a decision to reflect its beliefs, values and goals. The school board considers the interests of all the students the jurisdiction serves – not just the interests for a particular school or area.
The board of trustees exercises its decision-making authority by passing motions. The motions must be passed by the corporate board at a properly constituted meeting. No individual trustee, not even the board chair, can make decisions for the board without the board’s permission.
The school board assigns roles and responsibilities for the desired results and creates a system to monitor and evaluate achievement of those results. The school board reports system and school performance to the public and to the provincial government.