This consultation was initiated by the Board of Trustees in order to clarify their governance approach and policies. Two specific challenges led to the Board of Trustees and Director of Education seeking governance consultation including:
- The introduction of the Ontario legislation requiring increased focus of the governing body on student success and monitoring by the Board of Trustees.
- An anticipated significant change over in the Trustees due to expected retirements of several long-standing Trustees.
The consultation focused first on clarification of the LDCSB governance approach and development of key governing policies (including a strategic outcomes policy defining the results associated with student success). The first stage of the project also involved work on the Board of Trustees’ decision-making processes and policies on delegation to the Director of Education. The work by the Board of Trustees, the administration, and the consultant was then used to create a formal orientation program for the incoming Board of Trustees.