The Calgary Board of Education trustees had their organizational meeting on October 26, 2010 following an election in which all incumbents were re-elected (Lyn Ferguson – Wards 3 & 4, Pamela King – Wards 5 & 10, George Lane Wards 6 & 7, Pat Cochrane – Wards 8 & 9, and Carol Bazinet – Wards 12 & 14). They were joined by two newly elected trustees (Joy Bowen-Eyre – Wards 1 & 2 and Sheila Taylor – Wards 11 & 13). The CBE made a fantastic map if you are unsure as to which ward you live in or who is your trustee.
In the year since they have been elected, the trustees have come together for 95 hours in 30 board meetings. Of that time, they spent 53 hours or 56% of the time in public and 42 hours or 44% of the time in private. (This does not include the Sep 27, 2011 private meeting or the Oct 4, 2011 public meeting as those minutes have not yet been approved and posted online.)
What is done in these board meetings? Most of the time is spent monitoring policies, and approving things such school or program closures, transportation fees and budgets. In addition to this, trustees can also take the initiative and ask questions of administration in the form of trustee inquiries, bring forward their ideas in the form of motions, or add items to the agenda for board discussion. So, what has your trustee done?
√ – In Favour X – Opposed A – Absent P – Declared Pecuniary Interest