A school board is a legal person established in the public interest and is primarily governed by the Education Act. The Education Act is also complemented by the provisions found in the Civil Code of Québec. The primary function of a school board is to ensure that the persons who come under its jurisdiction are provided the educational services to which they are entitled under the Education Act.
The Education Act mandates the School Board to be administered by a Council of Commissioners. Commissioners are elected officials or appointed under the Act respecting School Elections. A Commissioner must act in the interest of the School Board and the population the board serves. Additionally, Commissioners play an important political role. They must make difficult decisions (sometimes long lasting), which directly impact the population it serves, including the change in deed of establishment, the closing of a school, the expulsion of a student, the dismissal of an employee, etc.
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