Role of the Board Chair
- Ensure that the Board operates in accordance with its own policies and procedures.
- Prior to each Board meeting, confer with the Vice-Chair, the Superintendent and/or designate on the items to be included on the agenda, the order of these items and become thoroughly familiar with them.
- Call and preside over all regular and special meetings of the Board.
- Perform the following duties during Board meetings:
- Ensure that all issues before the Board are well stated and clearly Expressed.
- Ensure that each trustee has a full and fair opportunity to be heard and understood by the other members of the Board in order that collective opinion can be developed and a corporate decision reached.
- Direct the discussion by trustees to the topic being considered by the Board.
- Ensure that each trustee present votes on all issues before the Board.
- Extend hospitality to trustees, guests of the Board, the press, and members of the public.
- Conduct meetings in accordance with provincial legislation and with the rules and procedures established by the Board and where those are silent, Robert’s Rules of Order.
- Act as the chief spokesperson for the Board except for those instances where the Board Chair has delegated this role to another individual or group.
- Represent the Board, or arrange alternative representation, at official meetings or presentations inside and outside of the Division.
- Ensure effective, efficient and appropriate communication amongst trustees and with the Superintendent.
- Act as ex officio member of all Board committees.
- Ensure that the Board engages in regular assessments of its effectiveness as a Board.
- Assist with the Board’s orientation program for trustees.
- Convey directly to the Superintendent such concerns as are related to him/her by trustees, parents or students that may affect the administration of the Division.
- Review and approve the Superintendent’s vacation entitlement, expenditure claims, and sick leave.
- Bring to the Board all matters requiring a corporate decision of the Board.
- Act as a signing authority for Board minutes.
- Act as a signing authority for the Division as follows:
- As required by the Government of Alberta.
- Changes to Utility Purchasing Consortia agreements.
- As required by financial institutions.
- Address inappropriate behaviour on the part of a Trustee. (See Policy 4, Appendix A)
Revised: November 29, 2012, March 19, 2008, June 21, 2016
Reference: Section 60, 61, 62, 65, School Act