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December 6, 2010 - Inaugural Meeting
Inaugural Meeting
Limestone District School Board
December 6, 2010

        The Inaugural 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 6, 2010, 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 in attendance to the meeting.

        Director Hunter thanked the students of the Cooks Internship Program at LCVI, and teacher Doug James for preparing the hors d’oeuvres for the reception held prior to the Board Meeting this evening.


        The Director indicated that this is a celebratory meeting this evening, and so it is fitting that we begin with music, and music made by Limestone students.  She introduced the Young Choristers Limestone Senior Choir, under the direction of Mary Wonnacott-Hills.  She advised that Ms. Wonnacott-Hills has been directing the Senior Choir since January 2010, and she is doing a terrific job.  She said that Ms. Wonnacott-Hills is a community member with over 30 years of experience in choral music for elementary and secondary students, as well as community youth groups and adult choral groups.  She created and conducts the Brockville Youth Choir, and works for the Upper Canada District School Board as a library technician.  

        The Director advised that the accompanist is Kathy Kelly, a retired teacher from the Limestone District School Board.

        Director Hunter said that many of those in attendance will have heard the Limestone Senior Choristers choir over the years.  Under Charlotte Clark, then Sherri Gaudet, and now Mary Wonnacott-Hills, it has been in existence for over 20 years.  She said its members are Junior and Senior elementary students who have auditioned to become members from schools throughout our district.  Director Hunter stated that the Young Choristers Limestone Senior Choir students represent schools from across the district.

        The choir performed three songs: “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”, “December Lullaby”, and “Jingle Bell Rock”.  She said that the Young Choristers Limestone Holiday Concert is tomorrow night at Sydenham Street United Church, at 7:00 p.m., and the three songs performed tonight will be part of that concert.

        The Director thanked the students for their performance, and Ms. Wonnacott-Hills and Ms. Kelly for their commitment to the artistic development of our young people.

        Ms. Wonnacott-Hills thanked the Board for inviting the choir to perform at the Inaugural Meeting this year, and she wished them well during the next year.


        The Director stated that the success of our public education system and of our Board is very much a shared endeavour, and shared responsibility.  She said that it is appropriate that we begin the new term in the presence of municipal and employee partners, friends and family.  She acknowledged the following special guests of the Limestone District School Board who came to celebrate with us this evening:

Mayor Dennis Doyle, Frontenac Islands, and his wife Betty
Michel Chartrand, Education Officer, Ministry of Education
Susan Creasy, Chair, Limestone Learning Foundation
Wilf Garrah, Trustee, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Sue Perry, Chair, Association of Elementary School Administrators
Peter Dendy, Vice-Chair, Association of Elementary School Administrators
Peter Dendy, Vice-Chair, Association of Elementary School Administrators
Helen Peterson, President, Limestone District Ontario Principals’ Council
Steve Newstead, President, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 27
Teresa Marrello, District Officer, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 27
Mike Lumb, President, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Limestone Local
Deb Wells, First Vice-President, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario,  Limestone Local
Ken Gee, President, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Limestone Occasional Teacher Local
Andrea Martin, Special Education Advisory Committee member
Kathy Bennett, Special Education Advisory Committee member
Brad Shoniker, Special Education Advisory Committee members, and his wife Jennifer
David Johnson, spouse of Trustee Helen Chadwick
Evan Johnson, son 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, Guest of Trustee Laurie French
David Goodfellow, spouse of Trustee Ann Goodfellow
Steve Murray, spouse of Trustee Paula Murray
Randy Ruttan, spouse of Trustee Suzanne Ruttan
Megan Kiley, Student Trustee
Ben Fisher, Student Trustee
Jack Fox, spouse of Director Brenda Hunter
Barb Fraser-Stiff, Superintendent of Education, and her spouse, Tim Stiff
Krishna Burra, Assistant to the Director, Safe Schools
Dale Midwood, Supervising Principal, and his spouse, Judy Tetlow
Tammy Giles, Supervising Principal
Marg Akey, Supervising Principal
Richard Holmes, Supervising Principal
Roger Richard, Superintendent of Business Services, and his spouse, Ann-Louise
Wayne Toms, Manager of Information Technology Services/Planning Officer
Peter Lynch, Manager of Financial Services, and his spouse, Donna
David Fowler, Manager of Facility Services
Sue McWilliams, Manager of Human Resources
Steve Wowk, Chief Executive Officer, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, and his spouse Judy
Wynando Moore, Administrative Assistant, and her husband Robin
Jane Douglas, Communications Officer
Darlene Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary, and her guest Michael Murphy


        The Director advised that Section 209 of the Education Act requires that before assuming office each Trustee is to make and subscribe to a specified declaration of eligibility, commitment and freedom from conflict of interest, as well as to complete an oath of allegiance.

        Each Trustee made a statement of declaration that he/she was not disqualified under any Act from being a member of the Limestone District School Board and that he/she would truly, faithfully, impartially and to the best of his/her ability execute the office of board member, and that he/she has not received and will not receive any payment or reward or promise thereof for the exercise of any partiality or malversation or other undue execution of the said office, and that he/she would disclose any pecuniary interest, direct or indirect, as required by and in accordance with the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

        Each Trustee took an Oath of Allegiance, swearing that he/she would be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

        The Director, as Secretary of the Board, stipulated that all present Trustees have been certified by their municipalities to have been duly elected, have completed their oaths of office and that the Limestone District School Board is legally constituted.

        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, 2010 to November 30, 2011 – Trustees Laurie French and Helen Chadwick respectively.  She congratulated Trustee French and Trustee Chadwick on their acclamations to their roles as Vice-Chair and Chair.

        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:                                                Megan Kiley

Student Trustee:                                                Ben Fisher

        Superintendent Richard advised that regrets were received from Trustee Beavis.


        Chair Chadwick gave her Inaugural Address, as follows:

“Good evening everyone:

        I would like to thank you all for attending this evening’s meeting, which is the first meeting of the four-year mandate for this new Board of Trustees.  Congratulations Trustees.  We have been charged by our communities to oversee a sacred trust and I look forward to working with you all as we support, nurture and provide opportunities for success to the students of the Limestone District School Board.

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

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

        Welcome to our community members; we value our relationship with you and appreciate that you take the time to join us tonight and reinforce our shared commitment to the students of the Limestone District School Board.

        I also extend a warm welcome to the spouses and families of Senior Staff and Trustees.  We acknowledge and are grateful for the many times you hold down the fort at home alone while your partner works late hours.  We would not be able to accomplish as much without your assistance and understanding.

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

        The next four years – the term for this Board of Trustees – will present important opportunities and challenges in the Limestone District School Board, and for public education in Ontario.

        We will see three new schools built: a Kindergarten to Grade 8 elementary school in Greater Napanee, a K-8 elementary school in Kingston East and a K-12 school in Sharbot Lake; this is a remarkable and unprecedented level of school construction.  Program and Accommodation Review Committees will continue to provide valuable input to the future of the Board and its schools.  It is important to ensure that we are providing the best possible programming in the best possible environments to all Limestone District School Board students, now and in the future.

        Over the next four years, the continued implementation of the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program will unfold, providing full-day every day programming for our youngest learners, and permitting more children opportunities to reach their full potential.  It is anticipated that this initiative will be in nearly all of our elementary schools by the end of this Board’s mandate.

        The next four years will continue to see an increased focus on environmental education and sustainability.  The new Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee will be established, and along with the new environmental education administrative procedure created last year, will guide our work in this area for the years to come.  As a corporation we need to ensure that we do our part to contribute to a sustainable future and at the same time educate our students in environmental stewardship and practices, and the careful management of resources.

        The Limestone District School Board values its relationships with our employee groups and I know that we can work collaboratively as collective agreements are negotiated over the next few years.  There will be a provincial election in 2011 and we are all responsible to make certain that public education continues to be a provincial priority for the next government.  We need to be unified in our efforts in this regard.

        Director Hunter and Senior Staff, I am sure I speak for all Trustees when I say how much we are looking forward to working with you over the next four years.  Your passion and dedication is evident, as your inspiring leadership motivates others.  We respect your immense depth of knowledge and appreciate your patient support and contributions that help Trustees make appropriate and well-informed decision so that the six to seven hours of the day students spend at school are meaningful and rewarding.

        I have immense respect for this board table.  As we start our new term together remember that when we work together as a team, we are much stronger than the sum of our individual parts.  As elected members, we respect that we bring rich and disparate perspectives to the issues we consider.

        Fellow Trustees, we are all here because of our belief in public education and its impact on our community.  Maintaining strong public education is a responsibility shared by all: parents, school councils, employees, Senior Staff, the public, the government and Trustees.  Student achievement and success will remain at the heart of all Limestone District School Board decisions.  I am confident that during the years ahead together we will continue to uphold our commitment to the students we serve.  Thank you.”


        The Chair read greetings received from Mayor Gary Davison, South Frontenac, and from Mayor Elect Gerretsen, City of Kingston, who were unable to attend this evening’s meeting.

        Dennis Doyle, Mayor of Frontenac Islands, brought greetings on behalf of the Frontenac Islands.

        Michel Chartrand, the Board’s Education Liaison Officer from the Ottawa Regional Office of the Ministry of Education, brought greetings on behalf of the Ministry of Education.


        Trustee Ruttan presented the report of the Committee of the Whole Board (Caucus) Meeting of Wednesday, December 1, 2010.

Committee Chairs

Audit Committee – Trustee Laurie French
Education/Human Resources Committee – Trustee Helen Brown
Property/Operations Committee – Trustee Ann Goodfellow
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.

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

        Trustee Goodfellow (Chair)
        Trustee Beavis
        Trustee Brown
        Trustee Chadwick (Ex-Officio)
        Trustee Crawford
        Trustee French
        Trustee Jackson
        Trustee Ruttan
(d)     Special Education Advisory Committee

Trustee Murray (Co-Chair)
Trustee Crawford
Trustee Goodfellow (Alternate)
Trustee Jackson (Alternate)

Responsibilities on Special Committees

(a)     Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils
        1.      Trustee Crawford
        2.      Trustee Brown (Alternate)

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

Trustee Crawford
Trustee Murray

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

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

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

(g)     Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Board of Directors
        1.      Trustee Jackson (for the interim period ending April 2011)

        MOVED BY Trustee French, seconded by Trustee Jackson, that the report of the Committee of the Whole Board (Caucus) Meeting of December 1, 2010, be adopted.–Carried


        MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that the meeting adjourn at 6:50~p.m.–Carried