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District School Board of Niagara
Policy Board Governance and Administration

A-03 Trustee Budgets

Date Apr 2018
Review Apr 2023

The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) recognizes the need for Trustees to keep informed about educational matters. Therefore, the DSBN encourages and supports Trustees and other statutory committee members to attend appropriate education-related conferences, conventions and meetings as part of their role.

The amount budgeted shall be calculated and allocated as follows:

  1. TRUSTEE EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT BUDGET

    Each Trustee receives an annual budget for attendance at conferences, conventions and education related events.

  2. CHAIR'S DISCRETIONARY BUDGET

    An annual budget is provided to be used at the discretion of the Chair to support initiatives that include but are not limited to education related events and staff recognition.

  3. STATUTORY COMMITTEES

    Statutory Committees, such as the Special Education Advisory Committee and the Parent Involvement Committee, will receive a budget to support committee members who are not Trustees of the DSBN. The amount of $25 per meeting attended will be paid to the non-Trustee Committee members.

  4. TRUSTEE COMMUNICATION BUDGET

    Per Trustee term, each Trustee shall be allocated a budget equal to 25% of the Individual Annual Trustee Honorarium to be used by the Trustee to address their communication needs with schools, parents, community and staff. From this amount, each Trustee will be provided with technology of a desktop or laptop, a tablet and a printer for their term of office. If a Trustee leaves the Board prior to the completion of their term, the technology will be returned to the DSBN. Upon completion of their term, the Trustee will have the option of purchasing the technology at the disposal value.

    Student Trustees will be provided technology support for use during their term on the Board.

  5. STUDENT TRUSTEES

    The budget will include a pooled amount equal to two thirds of the individual Trustee annual Education Development budget for use by the Student Trustees to attend conferences and other events approved by the Chair of the Board.

  6. CARRY-OVER PROVISION

    A Trustee may carry-over from one fiscal year to another any unspent balance in his/her annual budget within the current election period. No carry-over is permitted beyond the term of the Trustee.