About NLSBAThe Newfoundland and Labrador School Board Association (NLSBA) has been in existence since 1971. It was incorporated in 1988 under an Act of Legislature of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The organization exists to promote the role and common interest of the five publicly elected School Boards within the province, to provide a forum for the exchange of opinion and information amongst a forum for the exchange of opinion and information amongst these School Boards, to facilitate advocacy and liaison with appropriate bodies in the interest of public education on behalf of these School Boards, to deliver professional development to School Board trustees, to facilitate relations with School Boards and School Board trustees at the regional and national levels, to facilitate the discharge of the statutory mandates of School Boards in the conduct of labor relations respecting unionized school board employees and to influence public policy within the province as it pertains to public education and its relevant legislation.
NLSBA Guiding Principles (Adopted June 2011)These statements embody basic organizational beliefs and values which support the efforts to re-frame the NLSBA.
- NLSBA is comprised of the five member School Board s and a provincial office.
- NLSBA is governed and entirely controlled by the five members through its Constitution and By-Laws.
- NLSBA exists to serve the interests of its members and to promote the role of publicly elected School Boards..
- NLSBA seeks to assist its members to act collaboratively and to learn from each other.
- NLSBA provides professional development and support for School Board members.
- Individual members of the NLSBA may assume lead roles with respect to provincial issues of particular local significance and share information about these with other School Boards through the NLSBA.
- NLSBA action priorities will be identified by its members on an annual basis and members will assist the NLSBA where necessary to pursue such priorities.
- NLSBA will be accountable to its members with respect to these priorities.
- NLSBA will reflect fair and equitable support and representation from each member.
- The NLSBA will be directly governed and controlled by the five member School Boards through the Board of Governors, unless otherwise specified by its Constitution.
- NLSBA will represent its members in relations with other School Boards at the inter-provincial and national levels.
- NLSBA will operate using a multi-year planning cycle. This would include annual reviews, annual priority setting, annual accountability reporting and regular environmental scanning.