School boards are elected to govern K-12 education in their school divisions and are essential members of local government. They ensure that the wishes of the community are reflected in the schools and make decisions that shape the education of Saskatchewan children.
- They are responsible for bringing local community voice to publicly funded education
- Boards of Education are locally elected to govern Kindergarten to Grade 12 education
- There are 27 geographical areas called school divisions in Saskatchewan - each division has a school board.
- There are 18 public, eight (8) Catholic, and one (1) Francophone school divisions in the province
- An individual member of a board of education is referred to as a "trustee"
- They employ more than 35,000 people in Saskatchewan
- They set goals for student achievement, adopt budgets to reflect priorities, determine local priorities, hire directors of education, and advocate for local schools and communities.