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Local Government Week is October 15 to 21

For Immediate Release
October 10, 2017


GUELPH, Ontario – Next week, the Upper Grand District School Board, along with our partners at the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), is working to raise civic awareness among our students by observing Local Government Week.

Many of our trustees are arranging classroom sessions, through school principals and teachers, with Grade 5 Social Studies and Grade 10 Civics students to discuss the important democratic role of school board trustee.

School board trustees are the oldest form of elected representation in Ontario. Since 1807, generations of community-minded citizens have made decisions on behalf of local, publicly funded schools, building the foundation of our system today. Our board of trustees sets our vision, develops policies, allocates resources, and sets the goals that lay the foundation driving programs and operations in the board. Collectively, they create our multi-year strategic plan for student achievement and well-being and recruit and monitor the performance of the Director of Education to ensure our progress in meeting our goals.

The next Municipal and School Board Election occurs on Oct. 22, 2018. In advance of this, trustees can provide an important first-hand learning experience that fits well with the Social Studies and Civics curricula.

Local Government Week events in schools may also include students observing school boards in session or holding mock municipal elections. Our schools are being encouraged to include this educational opportunity in their events calendar.

The social media hashtag for Local Government Week is #LGWOnt, so be sure to use it if you’re tweeting or posting a photo on Instagram or Facebook.

For more information on the roles of school board trustees, visit the UGDSB website. And for more on Local Government Week, please visit the OPSBA website.

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Media contact:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725
heather.loney@ugdsb.on.ca

Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.764
megan.sicoli@ugdsb.on.ca

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