The Board may establish by resolution such Standing, Statutory, Special Purpose and Ad Hoc Committees as it deems appropriate or as required under legislation or through contractual obligations. Subject to any relevant legislation or contract, the Board can:
- determine their composition and the manner of selecting Chairs and members;
- fix their terms of reference, reporting relationships and expected date of completion of mandate;
- alter their composition, terms of reference, reporting relationships and expected date of completion of mandate, as it may deem appropriate from time to time; and
- dissolve committees.
Committee Responsibilities
Trustees spend a considerable amount of time serving on Board committees.  In addition to the regular, bi-monthly Committee of the Whole standing committee meetings on the first and third Tuesdays, and the monthly Board meetings on the fourth Tuesday, a trustee may be required to serve on statutory, special purpose, advisory or ad hoc committees. 
Committees develop recommendations for the Board’s consideration with respect to educational programs, budgets, facilities and property issues, accommodation reviews, and policies and procedures.  Trustees also represent the Board on provincial organizations such as the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.
Committee Structure
The Board meets as a Committee of the Whole twice per month to consider matters that were undertaken by the former Education, Business Services, Human Resources and Strategic Planning and Priorities standing committees. The goal of the change was to place a greater focus on strategic priorities, monitor the business of the Board, including policy development and evaluation; educational programs and services; facilities and sites; student transportation; demographic planning; capital construction programs; safety and security; budgeting; human resource management; collective bargaining; strategic planning and corporate goal setting,and ensure effective decision-making.
All members of the Board are members of the Committee of the Whole.  Non-voting representatives are appointed to the Committee of the Whole in accordance with Policy P.010: GOV Community Involvement in Board Standing Committees.
The Committee of the Whole meets twice per month on the first and third Tuesday. The second Tuesday will be kept open for special Committee of the Whole meetings such as budget or accommodation reviews (In Camera session at 6:30 pm. Open, public session at 7:30 pm).
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