Meet The Board.
a. Edwin Jebb, Chair – Council
b. Ingar Constant, Vice Chair
c. Ron Fidler
d. Edith Spence
e. Courtney Hester
f. Esther Sanderson
g. John Nasecapow
h. Pat Personius – Elder
I. Barbara Constant – Elder
About the OEA Board.
Through By-law No.1, Chief and Council of Opaskwayak Cree Nation have created, pursuant to the Manitoba Corporations Act, a non-share corporation called Opaskwayak Educational Authority Inc., to provide for the Education needs of its community.
The following governance model will characterize the OEA Board of Directors:
1. The Board will focus its energy and dedication on effective governance.
2. The focus of the Board will be high-level decisions, rather than the details of daily activities and operations of OEA.
3. In response to its community linkage, the Board of Directors will reassess its defined vision of the future and realign Board policies as necessary.
(exerpt from OEA Board Policy and Procedures Manual, page 8)
Board Organizational Meeting
The time and place of the first meeting of the Board following an election should be clearly specified with regularly scheduled meetings thereafter (the third Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the OEA Boardroom). OEA believes that all Board members should be actively involved in the education process. In order to attain this involvement, the board will form sub-committees responsible for the review of selected aspects of the educational system.
Staff Ethics and Code of Conduct
The board expects its staff to conduct themselves in an ethical manner when dealing with students, parents, co-workers, officials, and the public.
All employees should keep in mind that they represent OEA. Their professional behavior should reflect favorable on OEA.
The Board believes that the conduct and actions of its staff will be reflected in the behavior of students. Therefore, staff should set a good example for students.
Powers and Duties of the Board
Only the Board as a unitary body can make policy or Board decisions. Individual Board Members have no power or legal authority except as persons who vote at Board meetings. The OEA Board believes that its most important functions fall into the following categories:
Policy making – the Board should be responsible for developing policy and for employing a Director of Education who will carry out its policy;
Educational program – The Board should be responsible for making decisions about the scope and nature of the educational program;
Financial – the Board should be responsible for adopting a budget that will provide staff, buildings, materials, and equipment to carry out the educational program;
Staffing and appraisal of staff – the Board, through the Director of Education, should be responsible for employing staff to carry out its educational policies and programs; for establishing salaries and terms and conditions of employment; and for appraising the effectiveness of its staff;
School facilities – the Board should be responsible for ensuring that adequate school accommodations are provided. It may purchase, lease, or acquire lands, buildings, or other property;
Communications – the Board should be responsible for ensuring that the local band members and OEA staff are kept informed about the school, its policies and its programs, and for keeping itself informed about the wishes of band members and OEA staff.