Our Purpose: The Board of Education accepts its responsibility to provide a quality and equitable public education for the success of all learners, within the limits and resources available.
The School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) Board of Education is comprised of elected members from the following five communities:
The trustees are elected every four years at the same time as the mayors and city councils. There are currently 9 elected trustees.
For information from the BC School Trustees Association regarding the 2022 election process, click here.
BCSTA Publications: Boards of Education are Essential 2019
Roles and Tasks of Trustees
The School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) Board of Education is comprised of elected trustees charged with the governance of the school district including establishing goals and policies, and approving the annual budget. They are accountable to the Provincial Government and represent the school district in the communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. Their roles and responsibilities are complex and based on several Acts, government and district policies, legislation, and statutory requirements. Trustees have complex roles and perform many important tasks including:
- Providing motivation and leadership to BC’s third largest K-12 education system that includes approximately 32,000 students, 4,300 employees (the largest employer in the Tri-cities region), 75+ schools and support facilities, and a $300+ million budget.
- Providing leadership to the district in maintaining its high student achievement and graduation rates by ensuring quality learning opportunities for all students of all ages.
- Reviewing, understanding and implementing policies, legislation, acts, and related governance processes and procedures including the School Act, Teachers Act, Public Sector Employers Act, Freedom of information and Protection of Privacy Act, Human Rights Code, Public School Policies, Orders in Council, and others.
- Consulting with several diverse stakeholder and partner groups within the district and regions served including: Coquitlam Teachers Association, Coquitlam Principals and Vice Principals Association, Canadian Union of Public Employees (local 561), Student Leadership Council, District Parent Advisory Council and School Planning Councils, and federal, provincial and municipal government officials, among others.
- Researching, developing and approving district policies and goals, and approving plans for submission to the Ministry and implementation by the school district.
- Annually reviewing, consulting stakeholders on, and approving a budget of over $300 million including operational, capital, and special purpose funds, and effectively and efficiently allocating available resources.
- Developing, implementing, and monitoring one of BC’s largest long-range capital planning programs involving the land acquisition, design, replacement, and building of new schools to ensure there are sufficient schools for a growing population.
- Regularly reviewing complex and lengthy documents on land, legal, personnel, budget, academic, ministry and other matters, and making district-wide decisions in these areas.
- Ensuring new and existing school spaces enhance learning through provision of specialized programs, support services and learning plans.
- Attending in-camera, public, and special board meetings, finance committee meetings, in service meetings, board working sessions, professional development workshops, and other ad hoc committee meetings.
- Attending school, district-wide, and external organization events and activities during the day, evenings, and on weekends, to engage with schools, students, employees, parents, community members, and other stakeholders.
- Liaising and partnering with external government, industry and community organizations and groups for engagement, consultation, and joint planning including: federal, provincial and municipal government agencies and officials, BCSTA, BCPSEA, City of Coquitlam, City of Port Coquitlam, City of Port Moody, Village of Anmore, Village of Belcarra, Chamber of Commerce, First Nations groups, not-for-profits, charities, health, recreation, diversity, business, and other groups.
- Promoting school district programs, services and the successes of students and employees.
- Advocating for increased funding from government and other sources.
- Maintaining and supporting the International Education program through international relationships to generate revenue for the school district while adding a positive economic impact to the region.