The Association employs a Legal Services team comprised of three lawyers and a paralegal to provide legal services directly to member boards. They respond to specific requests for legal advice and representation of boards on a broad range of legal issues arising in relation to students, parents and the public, a wide variety of contracts, facilities, access to information and protection of privacy, governance, operation of schools, school community councils, policies, labour and employment, and interpretation and application of legislation. Representation in legal actions, arbitrations, labour conciliation and before tribunals, such as the Labour Relations Board and human rights tribunals, is also provided.
The director of Legal and Employee Relations Services also serves as General Counsel to the Association, reporting directly to the Executive. Advice is provided to the Executive, the Executive Director and work areas of the Association. Some of the responsibilities include analysis of proposed legislation and Ministry policy. Assistance is provided in the formulation of policy and positions on a variety of education issues.
Workshops and seminars are provided to school board members and senior administrators to support boards in their work. Legal Services provides of team of lawyers experienced in the practice of law in the education sector in Saskatchewan, and, in particular, experienced in the unique aspects of the application of certain areas of law to boards, their staff and students.
Phone: (306) 569-0750
The Records Retention and Disposal Guide for Saskatchewan School Divisions, dated December 2007, was approved by the Ministry of Education.
Section 369 of The Education Act, 1995 requires boards of education to preserve public documents of the school division until their disposal is authorized by a resolution of the board and approved by the Minister of Education. This guide will minimize the chances of valuable documents being inadvertently destroyed, enable boards of education to reduce the cost of storage and assist boards of education in complying with legislation.