Limestone District School Board
|Limestone District School Board
|Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, Ontario
Kingston, Greater Napanee, Lennox and Addington County, and Frontenac County
|Superintendent||Paul Babin, Treasurer|
|Chair of the board||David Jackson -- Vice-Chair, Paula Murray|
|Director of education||Debra Rantz|
|Schools||70 schools and education centres|
|Budget||CA$235 million (additional capital budget of $42,588 million) million (2013-14)|
|Students and staff|
|Students||21,206 (stable to slowly declining - previous 21 072)|
|Elected trustees||Five urban (U) and four rural (R) Trustees. Term December 1, 2014 - November 30, 2018. Urban: Tom Mahoney (U); Paula Murray (U); Alec Ross (U); Elaine Crawford (U); David Jackson (U); Rural: Wess Garrod(R); Laurie French(R); Karen McGregor (R); Suzanne Ruttan (R)|
Limestone District School Board (LDSB, known as English-language Public District School Board No. 27 prior to 1999) 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 2015-2016 is David Jackson. The Vice-Chair is Paula Murray.
The Limestone District School Board serves 21,206 students at 70 schools and centres, employing 2,200 teachers and staff. 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 operates 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 enrollment, particularly of secondary students, until about 2016. A provincial Full-Day Kindergarten program is expanding enrolment in all elementary schools and is now available in all elmentary schools.
The Board of Trustees of the Limestone Board has recently built two new elementary schools and one K-12 high school (opened 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 was confirmed after a review by the Board of Trustees of a number of contributing factors including funding, site availability and technical development issues. The design concept for the new intermediate and secondary school to be located on the QECVI school property in Kingston was approved in December 2015 by the Board of Trustees.
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, 2018. 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.
- 1 Strategic goals of the Limestone District School Board
- 2 Board of Trustees and Board committees
- 2.1 Education/Human Resources Committee / As of January 2016 merged into a Committee of the Whole model of Governance
- 2.2 Property and Operations Committee / As of January 2016 merged into a Committee of the Whole model of Governance
- 2.3 School Enrolment/Capacity Committee
- 2.4 Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)/ Co-Chairs Karen McGregor and an Association Representative
- 2.5 Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC)/ Co-Chairs Alec Ross and a Community Representative
- 2.6 Audit Committee Chair: Laurie French
- 2.7 Finance Committee / Chair: Paula Murray
- 3 School Transportation Consortium
- 4 Elementary schools
- 5 Secondary schools
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Strategic goals of the Limestone District School Board
- 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
The Chair of the board is David Jackson. The Vice-Chair is Paula Murray.
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, May, June 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 / As of January 2016 merged into a Committee of the Whole model of Governance
The Education/Human Resources committee was 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.
Property and Operations Committee / As of January 2016 merged into a Committee of the Whole model of Governance
The committee made recommendations to the Board on all of aspects of building and property management, Board operations, information technology and Tri-Board Student Transportation Services.
School Enrolment/Capacity Committee
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 Karen McGregor and an Association Representative
The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is an advisory committee to the Board. It 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, 6:30 p.m.)
Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC)/ Co-Chairs Alec Ross and a Community Representative
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 Chair: Laurie French
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, Tom Mahoney) and two outside public members appointed by the Board of Trustees for the term of office which ends on November 30, 2018.
Finance Committee / Chair: Paula Murray
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
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.
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- Link H H Langford Public School -- Napanee
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- Link Sharbot Lake Intermediate School -- Sharbot Lake
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- Link Tamworth Elementary School -- Tamworth
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- Link Westdale Park Public School -- Napanee Closed June 30 2012
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Recently closed or consolidated elementary schools
- Link J E Horton Public School -- Barriefield School closed June 30, 2012
- Link Sharbot Lake Public School -- Sharbot Lake
- Link Bayridge Secondary School -- Kingston
- Link Ernestown Secondary School -- Odessa
- Link Frontenac Secondary School -- Kingston
- Link Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute -- Kingston 2012-13 Part of a school accommodation review
- Link La Salle Secondary School -- Kingston
- Link Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute -- Kingston 2012-13 Part of a school accommodation review
- Link Napanee District Secondary School -- Napanee
- Link North Addington Education Centre -- Cloyne Kindergarten to Grade 12
- Link Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute -- Kingston Closing on June 30, 2016 - site of new intermediate/secondary school
- Link Secondary School of Community Education -- Kingston
- Link Granite Ridge Education Centre -- Sharbot Lake Kindergarten to Grade 12 as of January 2015 (formerly Sharbot Lake High School).
- Link Sydenham High School -- Sydenham New addition opened January 2014.