The Calgary Board of Education
(CBE) is the public school board in Calgary
. As a public system, the CBE is required to accept any students who meet age and residency requirements, regardless of religion.
In terms of student population and school count, the CBE is over twice the size of the other major school district board in Calgary, the Calgary Catholic School District
(CCSD), which teaches mainly, but not exclusively, Catholic students. The other two districts based in the city, both Franchophone, are a fraction of the size of the CBE with only a handful of schools each. In land area, the CBE is the smallest of the four Calgary districts, as its territory is limited to municipal limits of Calgary (although its area is only slightly smaller than that of the CCSD). As the city limits have expanded, the CBE boundary has remained in sync. All CBE land overlaps the other three districts.
The CBE operates 219 schools in grades K-12. Non-adult student enrollment was 96,860 as of September 2009. The operating budget was $790 million for the 2005/2006 fiscal year.
A group of seven elected trustees run the CBE. Each trustee represents two wards in the city. They are elected every three years, in the regular municipal election. In the election, Calgary voters can only vote for a trustee to one (not both) of the two main school boards. The last election was in October 2010
. The public (CBE) and Catholic (CCSD) systems operate independently... Read More