Usually, the Chair’s Report is an update on the recent activities of the Board. Each activity, concert, seminar and meeting that trustees recount is the story of our commitment to our schools, to our students and to the fostering of relationships with stakeholders throughout the community. This month, I will move the telescope out a notch or two to share with you what a board of education does as a whole and why.
This short month was filled with affirmations and celebrations! Many of the trustees started off the week before Christmas at the second annual Women in Politics dinner. This was a fabulous opportunity to discuss, in a casual setting, how we’ve done over the last year. A way to make a place at the table and offer encouragement and to lift each other in our roles. It was a very affirming gathering and we look forward to next year
It was a month full of listening and learning, sharing ideas and projects with our staff, our community and our fellow elected governments. The list is long, but all are noteworthy. The role of a trustee is an important one, and we all take that role seriously.
Our mission states that we support and inspire each student to experience joy and fulfillment in realizing their potential as a knowledgeable, confident, and contributing citizen in the global community. We, as a board, have to mirror that mission in ourselves. This last month has been testament to that. Following are some of the events and opportunities the board took part in, in an effort to gain knowledge and contribute locally, provincially, nationally and yes, in some cases even globally.
There are a few changes to the Board Report this month. In addition to just the Chair reporting updates, the trustees themselves will have a voice in their own official activities. Our trustees work hard to walk the talk of our vision, mission and value statements.
After a short hiatus, the Board is eager to get back to work. Our staff, of course, have been busy behind the scenes, keeping everything running like clock-work. This month’s agenda-setting was chock-full of reports and items for discussion and updates for the board. Luckily, through our communications plan, which follows our values and goals as set out in the new Strategic Plan, we are able to see what goes where and when.