There are seven trustees on the Richmond Board of Education. The Board is responsible for the functioning of the Richmond School District. The major decisions of the Board are for the approval and shaping of the district budget, the hiring of senior staff and the oversight and approval of the writing of policies by which the District operates.
What Does The Richmond Board of Education Do?
The Board makes decisions by voting at meetings of the Board. A motion is a proposal for the Board to consider. A resolution is the result of the Board voting in favour of a motion. The resolutions of the Board are binding on the District. Individual trustees have no authority in this respect. Generally, the Board holds both public meetings and in-camera meetings twice a month. In-camera meetings are for discussing topics that would otherwise compromise the proper functioning of the Board, if the topic were to be discussed publicly e.g. strategy for negotiating a land sale.
There are four standing committees of the Board: Education, Personal & Finance (P&F), Policy, and Audit, which meet on schedules ranging from once a month to once every two months. As well, trustees sit on District committees, such as the Communications Committee, a couple of whose responsibilities are organizing Education Week and publishing the District annual. Finally, there are committees and commitments external to the District which trustees attend to, for example with BCSTA and BCPSEA.