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Parent involvement is essential in education, and we believe that parents are the primary educators of children. All parents are welcome to participate in Catholic education as active members of a Catholic School Council (CSC).
Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary School Council is an advisory body mandated to help look after the well-being of our students. The Council reviews Board Policies and Administrative Procedures in their draft form, provides feedback, and makes valuable decisions about our school. They make recommendations to the school Principal and the Board on many topics, including school budget priorities, the school year calendar. The Catholic School Council also submits an annual report of its activities to the Principal and the Board.
The Catholic School Council is elected in the fall each year. All parents/guardians are welcome to join our meetings, once a month on Monday evenings from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. in the library. Meetings dates are announced in our monthly newsletters. Please visit our Catholic School Council website, www.gscspc.com. User Id: parent Password: GS2015. We encourage you to "follow"us on twitter @gscspc.
Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary Catholic School Council:
CSCs are composed of:
Catholic School Councils cannot include:
Elected positions on Catholic School Council and their responsibilities include:
The election is held within the first 30 days of the school year. Interested parents should complete the nomination form in the school newsletter and return it to the school by the end of September.
An election committee, formed by the Principal, a staff member, and a parent, oversees the election process. The staff member and the parent from the election committee cannot be running for election.
The committee receives nominations for the parent seats, and nomination forms must have two other parent signatures. A list of candidates and their biographies are made available to the community. Voting is conducted by secret ballot.
No individual campaign material may be distributed in the school, and no school resources can be used to support individual candidates.
The number of parent seats depends on the number of community and school members. The number of available parent seats on the council must be a majority. The election committee estimates the number of community-held seats to determine a majority number of parent seats available.
Elected or appointed members of the Catholic School Council hold office from the date elected or appointed to the date of the first meeting after the next year's election.
The first meeting of the Catholic School Council must be held within the first 35 days of the school year after the election. The date is set by the school Principal. A Catholic School Council meets at least four times during the school year.
To hold a meeting, a majority of the current members and the Principal or designate must be present. A majority of the Catholic School Council members present must be parent members.
A member of the Catholic School Council will:
If you have any questions regarding our Catholic School Council, you can contact Mr. van den Wildenberg, Principal at 905-404-9868. You can also visit the Catholic School Councils page on the Board website.