ABB: Staff Involvement in Decision-making

A: Foundations and Basic Commitments

The Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) encourages its employees to contribute their ideas for the benefit of the school system.  The staff will be asked to help develop policies and regulations, establish goals and objectives, and plan curriculum, services, budgets, and facilities.

In devising operational procedures for the schools, school administrators will seek the suggestions of those employees who will be affected by such procedures. The professional staff will have opportunity to contribute to the development of the curriculum and to recommend policies and regulations about students and instruction.  Although individual contributions and suggestions are always welcome, the usual forum for such consultation at the school level is the staff council or staff committee established in accordance with the terms of the negotiated agreement currently in force.

The Superintendent of Schools will create channels for the ready exchange of ideas among staff, administration, and the Board, and will inform the Board of relevant staff opinion when presenting recommendations for Board action.

Association Representatives on Standing Committees of the Board

The Board reaffirms the resource and non-voting status of representatives, and invites the employee groups to appoint representatives to each of the Standing Committees:  Management Co-ordinating (Committee I), Planning & Facilities (Committee II), Education & Student Services (Committee III), Personnel & Staff Services (Committee IV), and Finance & Legal (Committee V).

One representative each from:

  • The Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' (VESTA);
  • The Vancouver Secondary Teachers' Association (VSTA);
  • The Vancouver Association of Secondary School Association Administrators (VASSA);
  • The Vancouver Elementary Principals and Vice Principals Association (VEPVPA)
  • The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 407 (CUPE);
  • The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 963 (IUOE);
  • The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 15/Vancouver Municipal Education and Community Workers (CUPE/VMECW)
  • The Professional and Administrative Staff Association (PASA);
  • The District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Representatives;
  • The Vancouver District Students’ Council (VDSC).

Based on Board actions of 1980 February 04 and 1982 April 05

DMT Responsibility: SUPT.


Cross References: 
AB: The People and Their School District, and subcodes; BG: Board-Staff Communications; CE: Administrative Councils, Cabinets, and Committees
Agreement References: 
Current Collective Agreement with VTF; Current Collective Agreement with CUPE, Local 407; Current Collective Agreement with IUOE, Local 963; Current Collective Agreement with CUPE, Local 15/VMECW; Current Agreement with VASSA; Current Agreement with VEPVPA; Current Agreement with PASA
Adopted Date: 
Monday October 18, 1982
Revision Date: 
Nov 1985
Aug 1990
Dec 1996
Feb 1999