Looking back at my 4 years at ECSD, my experience has been that the Board was not clear on its mandate and deferred to the Superintendent to write and develop their strategic plan and Board policies.
Superintendents and administrators don’t write policy, Boards do.
The administration will run candidates who have long standing friendships with them making it more likely that elected trustees will go along with their recommendations.
Dear Elector/Tax Payer, I have been an active member of my church and community for many years. Michael’s College, Faculty of Theology with a Master of Divinity which set me on the path to parish and retreat ministry in the Catholic Church.
My life however, has been devoted not only to service to the church but to my community and the general public.
It is very difficult for a Board to work well and develop relationships of trust with their administration when they are facing off with them during municipal elections.
I would suggest that the Ministry of Education should introduce guidelines that would discourage administrators from active involvement in municipal elections in order to promote trusting relationships between administration and the Board.
The alternative is a governing body so fully reliant on its administration that concurrence with all administrative advice and /or decisions is taken for granted”.
This lack of independence was evidenced by the reluctance on the part of the majority of trustees to meet independently of the superintendent.
With this in mind, the newly elected 2010 EPSB trustees got to work extricating their administration from their Board.
They did this by first hiring a superintendent who understood that his role was to serve the Board in its governance role.
The Chair of the Board sits flanked on both sides by the administration–the Superintendent sits to the Chair’s left and the Secretary to their right.
The Chief Financial Officer is also on the bench to the left.
This speaks volumes to who is really in charge at ECSD – not the trustees and electors but the administration. There are 7 trustees who are easily outnumbered by administrators and staff.