Getting Involved

Get Involved in Education

Whether you are a parent, business person, trades person... or just have an interest in the education of our youth, our province's education system needs you. 

In fact, because New Brunswick's public education system serves children from all walks of life, it is beneficial to have a broad perspective and range of experiences among the individuals involved in the overall direction and management of our schools.

Consider becoming a candidate for a position as Councillor on your District Education Council.  

Getting Involved in DEC

If you have an interest in setting education priorities and planning for improvements in your school consider becoming a member of the Parent School Support Committee.

Getting Involved in PSSC

 

Who can run for a position on the DEC?

To be a candidate in a District Education Council election, a person must be:

  • 18 years of age on or before election day; More detailed information for prospective candidates can be found on the Elections NB website;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • and a resident of the school district in New Brunswick for at least six months before election day; and a resident of the relevant school district and subdistrict or zone when nominated.

People Who Cannot Be Candidates:  A judge, a full-time or permanent part-time employee of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development or of any school or school district, an election officer, or a person who has been disqualified from holding an elected office under federal, provincial, or municipal election laws, may not be a candidate for any District Education Council election.

 People Who May Not Be Able To Be Candidates:  Some public sector employees are restricted from engaging in political activity, even at a local level, or may need prior approval from their employer before filing nomination papers. If you work in the federal or provincial public service, check with your employer before filing nomination papers. It is the responsibility of a candidate to obtain any approval required by his or her employer; the Municipal Returning Officer will not require or confirm such approval in processing nomination papers.

How can I get involved with my District Education Council (DEC)?

In every school across New Brunswick, the future – our future – is taking shape through our children.

District Education Council (DEC) members are on the front lines and are the first point of contact in our publicly funded education system.  They bring local knowledge of the education issues in their communities and the interests of their constituents into broader education system discussions. 

Public education is successful when schools, parents, and the community all work together. Serving as a DEC member is one of the most important responsibilities a citizen can undertake. If elected to serve, you and your fellow DEC members will establish educational goals that will help shape the future of your community and the province.

Being a DEC member is a complex and varied job, sometimes frustrating but also very rewarding. Your work will help students achieve, succeed and lead happy, productive lives as a result of your input into the environment and culture of learning.

DEC elections are held every four years in conjunction with the municipal elections. In addition to the elected representatives, the Minister will appoint First Nations representatives.  Each Council also has a student representative appointed by the Minister.

For more information about election dates and the nomination process, contact the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer by calling 1-800-308-2922 or visit their website at www.electionsnb.ca.

Which district and sub-district do I live in?

Elections NB has created a search feature which will allow you to enter the name of the street where you live and it will provide information your new district and sub-district.   These are the districts and subdistricts as of July 1, 2012.  Use the map and links at the bottom of this page to find your current district. 

How can I get involved in my school’s PSSC?

Parent School Support Committees are elections are held each year in the fall.  School principals are responsible for ensuring that elections are conducted according to the following election process and procedures, and for handling the administrative functions related to the PSSC election (e.g. selecting the date of the PSSC election, notifying parents with PSSC election information such as the date of the election, the nomination process, and the number of parent member positions open for election).

The PSSC facilitates the election and encourages parent interest and involvement in the election of PSSC parent members. All PSSC elections are to be held by the 30th day of September.

You should contact your school's Principal if you are interested in becoming involved or would like more information on PSSC elections and the work of PSSC in your school. The principal of the school provides eligible parents: notice of the date and time of the election; and, brief information respecting the nomination process and eligibility for membership on and the responsibilities of the PSSC. This information is provided within a reasonable time prior to the date of the election.

Who is eligible to be a member of the PSSC?

There are two categories of persons who are eligible to run for parent positions on a PSSC:

Parents - Any parent or guardian of a student enrolled in the school, regardless of his/her age or residency status, is eligible to run for a PSSC parent position.

Parent representatives - Any New Brunswick resident who is 18 years of age or older and is not a pupil is eligible to run for a PSSC parent position. That is, a person who is not a parent of a pupil enrolled in the school may offer candidacy for and ultimately serve as a parent member of a PSSC as long as they are duly nominated and elected by parents of pupils enrolled in the school in accordance with the nomination and election requirements as set out in the regulations.

No school district employee working at the particular school for which the PSSC has been established may be elected or appointed to a PSSC parent position.

Any parent member may be re-elected for any consecutive terms.

How are PSSC members elected?

Nominations and Candidacy

  • No school resources, either human or material, may be used to support particular candidates or groups of candidates.
  • Any person wishing to submit his/her name for election is invited to do so at any time until the close of nominations.
  • During the election, submitted nominations are presented. Further nominations by parents are requested from the floor and seconded. Parents and guardians may self-nominate; or may nominate any other eligible person. The nomination must be seconded by an eligible parent other than the nominating parent.

Election

  • All parents and guardians of students enrolled at the school, including parents or guardians who are employees in the school system, are eligible to vote.
  • Voters must be present at the school and vote in person.
  • Election for parent members of the PSSC is conducted by secret ballot.
  • A teacher representative is elected by teachers in the school by the 30th day of September for a one-year term.
  • In high schools, a student representative is elected by students in the school by the 30th day of September for a one-year term.

New Brunswick District Education Councils (DEC)

are committed to guiding and moving forward the education of all students.

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DEC In Your District

Learn more about the current DEC, PSSC, local policies and meetings by clicking on your District below on on the map to the right.

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