Limestone District School Board

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Limestone District School Board
LDSB
Board office location Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, Ontario
Communities served Kingston, Greater Napanee, Lennox and Addington County, and Frontenac County
Number of schools 70 schools and education centres
2013-14 budget (CAD $ millions) $235 million (additional capital budget of $42,588 million)
Number of students 21,206 (stable to slowly declining - previous 21 072)
Chair of the Board Laurie French -- Vice-Chair, David Jackson
Director of Education Brenda Hunter
Superintendent Paul Babin, Treasurer
Elected Trustees Five urban (U) and four rural (R) Trustees. Term December 1, 2010 - November 30, 2014. Urban: George Beavis (U); Paula Murray (U); Helen Chadwick (U); Elaine Crawford (U); David Jackson (U); Rural: Helen Brown(R); Laurie French(R); Ann Goodfellow (R); Suzanne Ruttan (R)
www.limestone.on.ca

Limestone District School Board (LDSB, known as English-language Public District School Board No. 27 prior to 1999[1]) is an English public district school board encompassing a region that includes the City of Kingston and the counties of Frontenac and Lennox and Addington in Eastern Ontario, Canada. The board was founded in a 1998 provincial reorganization of all Ontario school boards. It is an amalgamation of the former Frontenac County and Lennox and Addington County Boards of Education. The board's Chair for 2013-2014 is Laurie French. The Vice-Chair is David Jackson.

LDSB serves 21,206 students at 70 schools and centres. The board has 2,200 employees. The district covers a geographic area of 7,719 square kilometres including the townships of Central Frontenac, Addington Highlands, North Frontenac, South Frontenac, Frontenac Islands, Loyalist and Stone Mills, as well as the Town of Greater Napanee and the City of Kingston.

As of September 1, 2014 the board will operate 53 elementary schools, 11 secondary schools, the Limestone School of Community Education and other specialized education centres. The community served by each school is indicated in the list below after each schools name. Some students may attend a school outside of the area they reside so that they may attend a special program. The school board is expecting slowly declining enrolment, particularly of secondary students, until about 2016. A provincial Full-Day Kindergarten program is expanding enrolment to all elementary schools and will be complete in September 2014.

The Board of Trustees of the Limestone Board has recently built two new elementary schools and one K-12 high school (opening January 2014) within the district. These schools have been built in the Pittsburgh District of the City of Kingston, in the south end of the Town of Napanee and in Sharbot Lake. An expansion of Sydenham High School was completed January 2014. A number of existing elementary schools in the district will be closed as these new consolidated schools open. Each new elementary school will have an enrolment of between 600 and 800 students.

Program and Accommodation Review Committees (PARC) for Central Kingston and Kingston North presented reports in 2012-13 with respect to changes to elementary and secondary school accommodation. Senior staff made further recommendations based on these reports for consideration by the Board of Trustees in 2013. Public concerns have arisen about the possible creation of a "school desert" in the central part of Kingston as a result of school closures or changes approved by Trustees in June 2013. The final form of these changes will be confirmed after a decision by the Ontario Ministry of Education on new infrastructure capital funding.

Limestone's Board of Trustees are elected officials responsible for the operation of public schools in the district. Trustees are the critical political link between community and school boards. They ensure public schools meet the diverse needs of students in their community. They are elected by the public school taxpayers every four years, during municipal elections and are directly accountable to the community. The current nine-member Board will serve until November 30, 2014. Trustees are elected by geographic electoral areas within the area administered by the school board. The Board also has two Student Trustees representing urban and rural secondary schools. They serve a one-year term and are elected by the Limestone District Inter-School Student Council each spring.

Strategic goals of the Limestone District School Board[edit]

  • Improve achievement and success for all students.
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility and further develop the efficient use of resources.
  • Foster health and wellness in safe environments for students and staff.
  • Develop and improve work practice and leadership through professional learning.
  • Prepare for future system changes and plan for environmental sustainability.
  • Strengthen communication and engagement with parents/guardians, educational and community partners and the public.

Board of Trustees and Board committees[edit]

The Chair of the board is Laurie French. The Vice-Chair is David Jackson

All Board business is conducted at regularly scheduled Board of Trustee meetings. They are held the on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. during the school year, except in the months of December, March, July and August when the dates are determined by the board. Some parts of the Board of Trustee or committee meetings are held in "private session" (confidential or in camera sessions) if there are items with respect to board personnel, land negotiations or other items to be reviewed privately as mandated by the Ontario Education Act. Private sessions usually take place at the end of the public portion of the meeting.

Education/Human Resources Committee / Chair: Helen Brown[edit]

The board has an established Education/Human Resources committee composed of members of the board who are appointed annually, meet monthly and report to the board at its regular meetings. The committee is responsible for reviewing matters related to the education of and service delivery for students within the jurisdiction of the board. Responsibilities also include ensuring all board employees are valued, respected and principles of fairness and equity are practiced within the provisions of current employment labour laws and board agreements. (Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday, at 4:30 p.m. at the Limestone Education Centre)

Property and Operations Committee / Chair: Ann Goodfellow[edit]

The committee makes recommendations to the Board on all of aspects of building and property management, Board operations, information technology and Tri-Board Student Transportation Services. (Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. either at the Limestone Education Centre or at a district school.)

School Enrollment/Capacity Committee[edit]

A committee of the whole board whose mandate is to review school accommodation data and prepare recommendations for formal Board approval based on Program and Accommodation Review Reports and Senior Staff Reports. The committee has recently reviewed school accommodations in Kinston East, Greater Napanee, the Sharbot Lake area, Kingston West and for Kingston North and Kingston Central (2012–13).

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)/ Co-Chairs Paula Murray and an Association Representative[edit]

SEAC is an advisory committee to the Board and may make recommendations in any matter affecting the establishment and development of special education programs and services in respect of exceptional students of the Board. This committee provides an avenue for community involvement and receives advice and input from the community. The SEAC Committee is mandated by Ontario Education Act, Regulation 464/97. (Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.)

Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC)/ Co-Chairs Paula Murray and a Community Representative[edit]

ESAC is an advisory committee of the Board that provides an avenue for community involvement and receives advice and input from the community. ESAC may make recommendations to the Board regarding the establishment and development of education programs and practices of the Board related to environmental sustainability:

  • to promote environmental sustainability education and awareness throughout the Limestone DSB;
  • to promote and pursue environmentally sustainable procedures, practices, operations and initiatives through the Limestone District School Board;
  • to build system capacity for environmental sustainability through enhanced partnerships; and
  • to foster understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of environmental sustainability among LDSB Trustees, staff, students, parents, school councils and the public.

Audit Committee[edit]

The committee is responsible to the Board for overseeing the financial accounting processed of the Board. This responsibility includes communications with the external auditor concerning the auditor's roles and responsibilities within the financial reporting process. Internal Audit functions are provided regionally in collaboration with other school boards operating across eastern Ontario. In 2010 the committee's mandate was expanded to include two outside members with financial expertise. The committee has five members: three trustees (Laurie French, David Jackson, Helen Chadwick) and two outside public members appointed by the Board of Trustees for the term of office which ends on November 30, 2014.

Limestone District School Board Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ending August 31, 2011

Finance Committee / Chair: David Jackson[edit]

A committee of the whole board, it makes recommendations to the Board concerning the development of the annual budget, and on any aspects of the Board's financial affairs except for audit matters. The committee usually meets in April, May and June.

The committee is chaired by the Vice-Chair of the Board. It makes a recommendation for the annual operating and capital budgets to the full Board of Trustees in June of each year.

School Transportation Consortium[edit]

Tri-Board Student Transportation Services transports over 32,000 students over 95,062 kilometers daily across the region. It transports students from the three regional school boards: Limestone District School Board, Hastings and Prince Edward County DSB and Algonquin and Lakeshore CDSB who are co-owners of the organization. Tri-Board reports to the Property and Operations Committee of the board. The Limestone District School Board provides some administrative services to Tri-Board.

Contact information:

voice 613-354-1981 or 1-866-569-6638

Mailing address:

81 Dairy Ave Napanee, Ontario K7R 1M5

Elementary schools[edit]

Recently closed or consolidated elementary schools

Secondary schools[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ontario Regulation 107/08". e-Laws. Government of Ontario. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "LDSB New Schools". Limestone District School Board. 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.