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Newly elected school board takes the helm Nov. 6…

The previous Board of Education approved New Westminster Schools’ vision, mission and values in spring 2018, providing a foundation for the work of newly elected trustees in setting the district’s strategic direction…

Setting direction for student success at New Westminster Schools

A newly elected Board of Education will be charting local priorities, values and expectations in support of student success at New Westminster Schools starting November 6.

The new board will include incumbents Mark Gifford and Mary Lalji along with newly elected trustees Anita Ansari, Dee Beattie, Gurveen Dhaliwal, Maya Russell and Danielle Connelly. (See related).

Trustees will take the oath of office during the November 6 inaugural meeting at the School Board Office. Board and committee meetings are public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Students, parents, teachers and community members regularly make presentations to the Board of Education…

As described by the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA):


A trustee’s role is to maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being, and to participate in making decisions that benefit the entire district while representing the interests of their community.


Trustee responsibilities are described in the School Act and help guide the work of the school district. The Ministry of Education sets the general direction for K-12 education, including the curriculum, as well as the funding and legal framework within which boards operate.

Resources: What does a School Trustee Do? See: A Guide for School Trustee Candidates

Board meeting dates and times are posted here.

The Board of Education establishes policies for the effective and efficient operation of the school district, employs necessary staff,  and ensures staff decisions support the education, health and safety of the students. The Board also prepares and approves the annual operating budget and capital plans.

The last meeting of the current Board of Education takes place October 30, when Chair Mark Gifford will offer the outgoing Board Report.