Role of School Board Trustees

Trustees are responsible for the delivery of the English Language School System (PSB) and the French Language School System (CSLF) across the province.

How many trustees serve on each school board?

Public Schools Branch (PSB): The English language school board has eleven trustees; eight elected trustees and three appointed trustees.  

  • One trustee is elected from each of the seven electoral zones across the province, plus one additional trustee from the Charlottetown electoral zone due to the larger student population; and
  • Three appointed board members including one Mi’kmaq representative and two appointed through Engage PEI.

La Commission Scolaire de Langue Française (CSLF): The French language school board has nine trustees elected from six electoral zones.

  • One trustee is elected from each of Zones 2, 4 and 6; and
  • Two trustees are elected from each Zones 1, 3 and 5.

What are the responsibilities of the English and French language school boards?

The PSB/ CSLF, through branch-based and school-based employees, are responsible for:

  • Strategic planning and setting policy for public schools; 
  • Approving budgets and operational plans;  
  • Recruitment, employment, management and evaluation of school board staff; 
  • Transportation of students to and from school; 
  • Ensuring facilities are properly maintained for providing a safe learning environment for students; 
  • Provision of English/French as an Additional Language services; and
  • Accountability to students, parents, community members, and the Minister for the performance and operations of the School Board.

School Boards are not responsible for developing curriculum.

What is the role of the school board trustee?

 As outlined in the Education Act Education Authority Regulations, trustees are responsible to:

  • Attend meetings of the members of the education authority and exercise the powers and duties of a member of the education authority in good faith; and 
  • Comply with:
    • the Act and the Regulations,
    • the Minister’s directives, and
    • the policies of the education authority.

Trustee duties include:

  • Ensuring appropriate policies are in place to allow for the efficient and safe operation of the school board;
  • Providing financial oversight for the school board operations;
  • Providing strategic direction to the organization with respect to identifying high level priorities for the organization;
  • Identifying capital needs for the organization;
  • Liaising with education stakeholder groups on education matters affecting the school board; and
  • Providing direction to the Director.

Trustees shall, in respect of meetings of the trustees:

  • Establish policies and procedures respecting the conduct of meetings;
  • Give public notice of the date, time, and location of each meeting; and
  • Hold an annual meeting prior to the submission of the board’s annual report to the Minister.


For more details, visit Elections PEI
Published date: 
June 7, 2022
Education and Lifelong Learning

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