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December 5, 2011- Initial Meeting
Initial Meeting
Limestone District School Board
December 5, 2011
        The Initial Meeting of the Limestone District School Board was held in the Board Room at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Monday, December 5, 2011, at 6:00 p.m.

        In accordance with Section 208 of The Education Act, and under the authority invested in her as Secretary of the Board, Director Hunter called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the Initial Meeting of the 2012 year of the Limestone District School Board.

        The Director advised that the reception held prior to this evening’s meeting was catered by LCVI students Brittany Klima, Courtney Dunn and Shayne Ball, who attend the Cooks Internship Program, under the direction of  Doug James, Department Head of Technological Education and Business Studies; Ian Montgomery, co-teacher; and Jeff Weissback, Queen’s University teacher candidate.  She thanked them for providing the hors d’oeuvres for the reception.


        The Director remarked that this evening it is a privilege to have Emma McNichols, a Grade 8 student at Odessa Public School, and Sam McNichols, a Grade 11 student at Ernestown Secondary School, in attendance to perform.  She advised that both of these students were selected to perform at the recent Limestone Learning Foundation’s fundraiser, The Crystal Ball, alongside professional musicians Chris Kosters and Emily Fennell.

        Emma sang “You Really Got a Hold On Me” by an unknown artist, and “Oh Darlin’” by The Beatles, accompanied by Sam.

        The Director thanked Emma and Sam for their performance.


        The Director stated that this evening is an important ceremonial occasion for our Board and it is made more-so by the presence of partners and special guests of staff and Trustees.  She said that she is pleased to introduce each of the guests.  She acknowledged the following people:

Mayor Mark Gerretsen, City of Kingston
Mayor Gary Davison, South Frontenac, and also Warden of Frontenac County
Mayor Janet Gutowski, Central Frontenac
Councillor Gerry Martin, North Frontenac, and his wife, Joy
Sue Perry, Chair, Association of Elementary School Administrators
Peter Dendy, Vice-Chair, Association of Elementary School Administrators
Donna Jackson, President, CUPE, Local 1480
Joan MacGregor, CUPE, Local 1480
Debbie Villeneuve, Co-Chair, School Council Liaison Committee
Leslie Myles, Managing Director, Limestone Learning Foundation
Steve Ward, Acting Principal, Educational Services
David Johnson, spouse of Trustee Helen Chadwick
Joan Chadwick, mother of Trustee Helen Chadwick
Mary Fleming, spouse of Trustee David Jackson
John Crawford, spouse of Trustee Elaine Crawford
Bob Sears, partner of Trustee Laurie French
Steve Murray, spouse of Trustee Paula Murray
Randy Ruttan, spouse of Trustee Suzanne Ruttan
Heather Evans, guest of Student Trustee Tim Amirault
Jack Fox, spouse of Director Brenda Hunter
Barb Fraser-Stiff, Superintendent of Education, and her spouse, Tim Stiff
Norah Marsh, Superintendent of Education
Andre Labrie, Superintendent of Human Resources, and Technology
Krishna Burra, Assistant to the Director, Safe Schools
Shawn Lehman, Supervising Principal
Alison McDonnell, Supervising Principal, and her spouse, Shawn McDonnell
Tammy Giles, Supervising Principal
Richard Holmes, Supervising Principal
Roger Richard, Superintendent of Business Services, and his spouse, Ann-Louise
Erin Braidford, Manager of Financial Services, and her spouse, Steve Malek
David Fowler, Manager of Facility Services
Wynando Moore, Administrative Assistant, and her spouse Robin
Jane Douglas, Communications Officer
Darlene Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary, and her guest Michael Murphy

        The Director stated that it is her pleasure to announce the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Limestone District School Board for the session December 1, 2011 to November 30, 2012 – Trustees Laurie French and Helen Chadwick respectively.  She congratulated Trustee French and Trustee Chadwick.

        Trustee Chadwick assumed the Chair.


        The Superintendent of Business Services and Treasurer, Roger Richard, called the Roll.

From the City of Kingston:
Representing:   Country Side, Pittsburgh & Frontenac
                Islands:                                                Elaine Crawford
                Loyalist-Cataraqui. Collins-Bayridge
                and Lakeside:                                   George Beavis
                Portsmouth and Trillium:                        David Jackson
                Cataraqui, Kingscourt-Strathcona and
                Kings Town:                                     Helen Chadwick
                Williamsville and Sydenham:             Paula Murray

From South Frontenac:                                   Suzanne Ruttan

From Addington Highlands, Central Frontenac
    and North Frontenac:                                       Ann Goodfellow

From Loyalist & Stone Mills:                            Helen Brown

From Greater Napanee:                                   Laurie French

Student Trustee:                                                Tim Amirault

Student Trustee:                                                Joey Pugh


        Chair Chadwick gave her Inaugural Address, as follows:

“Good evening and welcome everyone:

        Thank you all for attending this evening’s Initial Meeting for 2012.

        It is an honour and privilege to serve as Chair for the upcoming year.  Thank you to my nominators, Trustees Murray and Jackson, and thank you fellow Trustees for your continued faith in electing me to this position.

        I would like to congratulate Trustee French on being acclaimed Vice-Chair, and both congratulate and thank all Trustees for putting their names forward to serve as committee chairs and members, where much of the major work of the Board is accomplished.

        On a personal note, I would like to thank my family, whose support and understanding have allowed me to participate fully in this role.

        As Trustees, we are aware of the responsibility the community entrusts to us and as we begin another year dedicated to providing opportunities for success to every student of the Limestone District School Board we recognize that all of you support us with that responsibility.  Welcome to our fellow community leaders; we appreciate that you took the time to join us tonight and reinforce our shared commitment to the students and to public education.

        Over the course of the next year the Board will continue with the construction already underway of two new elementary schools in Greater Napanee and Kingston East, and with the planning and design of the K-12 school in Sharbot Lake.  Program and Accommodation Review Committees will contribute valuable input to the future of the Board and its schools as we ensure that we are providing the best possible programming in the best possible environments to all Limestone students, now and in the future.

        The Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee held its inaugural meeting last month.  It will continue to develop and make recommendations that ensure the Board contributes to a sustainable future while educating our students in environmental stewardship and the careful management of resources.

        This past year the Ministry of Education undertook and completed an operational review of Limestone District School Board.  As we knew they would, they found many examples of best practices.  Student achievement and success remains at the heart of all decisions and we recognize the commitment of everyone to this purpose.  Limestone’s work in other areas supports this central goal.  For example, Facility Services has shown itself to be a provincial leader in environmental practice, implementing innovative design and concepts to reduce the Board’s carbon footprint and establish sustainable processes; our partners at Tri-Board Student Transportation operate an extremely efficient and effective service, transporting over 32,000 students daily; ongoing professional learning ensures current and relevant teaching methods in the classrooms; the Succession Plan guarantees that our leaders of tomorrow are identified and getting the experience and training they need today.  

        I would like to thank everyone associated with the Limestone District School Board for their enthusiasm in building an environment that provides the best learning opportunities for children.  The Board values its relationships with our employee groups and I know that we can work collaboratively as collective agreements are negotiated over the next year.

        Thank you also to the committed individuals on the Limestone Learning Foundation Board and all their volunteers for promoting their belief that investing in our students provides enhancements in student learning.  The recent Crystal Ball that transformed the K-Rock Centre was an outstanding success.  Thanks to your efforts, more than $100,000.00 was raised, that will fund innovative projects and offer unique learning experiences.

        Director Hunter and Senior Staff, on behalf of all Trustees, thank you all for your passion and dedication; your inspiring leadership motivates others.  Your immense depth of knowledge and support to Trustees help us make well-informed decisions that keep the needs of each and every Limestone student at the very heart of everyone.  We also acknowledge the spouses and families for their understanding and are grateful for the many times you hold down the fort at home alone while your partner works late hours.

        I am very proud to lead this Board and respect the rich and distinct perspectives we bring to the issues we consider.  Fellow Trustees, we are all here because of our belief in public education and its impact on our community.  I am confident that during the year ahead we will continue to make the best possible decisions for the communities and students we serve.  Thank you.”

        Mayor Mark Gerretsen, City of Kingston, brought greetings on behalf of the City of Kingston.

        Mayor Gary Davison, South Frontenac, and Warden of the County of Frontenac, brought greetings on behalf of South Frontenac and the County of Frontenac.

        Mayor Janet Gutowski, Central Frontenac, brought greetings on behalf of Central Frontenac.

        Councillor Gerry Martin, North Frontenac, brought greetings on behalf of North Frontenac.


        Trustee Goodfellow presented the report of the Committee of the Whole Board (Caucus) Meeting of Monday, November 28, 2011, as follows:

Committee Chairs

Audit Committee – Trustee Laurie French
Education/Human Resources Committee – Trustee Helen Brown
Property/Operations Committee – Trustee David Jackson
Special Education Advisory Committee – Trustee Paula Murray (Co-Chair).  The Co-Chair representing the members at large on the Special Education Advisory Committee will be elected at the December meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee.
Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee – Trustee Paula Murray (Co-Chair).  The Co-Chair representing the members at large on the Environmental Sustainability Advisory committee will be elected at a future meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee.

Committee Responsibilities

(a)     Audit Committee
1.      Trustee French, Chair
2.      Trustee Chadwick
        3.      Trustee Jackson         

(b)     Education/Human Resources Committee
        1.      Trustee Brown (Chair)
        2.      Trustee Beavis
        3.      Trustee Chadwick (Ex-Officio)
        4.      Trustee Goodfellow
        5.      Trustee Jackson
        6.      Trustee Murray
        7.      Trustee Ruttan

(c)     Property/Operations Committee

        1.      Trustee Jackson (Chair)
        2.      Trustee Beavis
        3.      Trustee Brown
        4.      Trustee Chadwick (Ex-Officio)
        5.      Trustee Crawford
        6.      Trustee French
        7.      Trustee Goodfellow
        8.      Trustee Ruttan
(d)     Special Education Advisory Committee

1.      Trustee Murray (Co-Chair)
2.      Trustee Crawford
3.      Trustee Brown (Alternate)

(e)     Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee

        1.      P. Murray (Co-Chair)
        2.      D. Jackson

Responsibilities on Special Committees

(a)     Supervised Alternative Learning Committee
        1.      Trustee Crawford
        2.      Trustee Ruttan

(b)     Health and Safety Committee
1.      Trustee Ruttan
(c)     Frontenac County Child Care Board

Trustee Crawford
Trustee Murray

(d)     Food Sharing Project
        1.      Trustee Jackson
        2.      Trustee Beavis (Alternate)

(e)     Limestone Learning Foundation Board of Directors
        1.      Trustee Brown

(f)     School Council Liaison Committee (Parent Involvement Committee)
        1.      Trustee Goodfellow
        2.      Trustee Jackson (Alternate)

        MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee French, that the report of the Committee of the Whole Board (Caucus) Meeting of November 28, 2011, be adopted.–Carried

        The Chair thanked everyone for attending this evening’s meeting, and for their shared commitment to the students of the Limestone District School Board.


        MOVED BY Trustee Beavis, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow, that the Board recess at 6:40 p.m. for five minutes to reconvene in Private Session at 6:45 p.m.–Carried

        MOVED BY Trustee Ruttan, seconded by Trustee Brown, that the Board resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole Board in Private Session at 6:45 p.m.– Carried


H. Chadwick, Chair
T. Amirault, Student Trustee
G. Beavis
H. Brown
E. Crawford
L. French, Vice-Chair
A. Goodfellow
D. Jackson
P. Murray
J. Pugh, Student Trustee
S. Ruttan


        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, seconded by Trustee Murray, that the Board take no action to respond to the letter regarding the dedicated school site in the Cataraqui North Planning Area.–Carried


        MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that the Committee of the Whole Board rise and report to the Board and the resolution of the Committee of the Whole Board, noted above, be a resolution of the Board and made public.–Carried

        MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by Trustee Goodfellow, that the meeting adjourn at 7:15~p.m.–Carried