Community’s advocates for public education

Image of new board of trustees graphic.Three new trustees will join seven incumbents on the Limestone District School Board of Trustees for a new four-year term in office as the result of the 2022 Municipal elections. This includes the historic addition of the first Indigenous Trustee to be appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

The issue of representation and having an Indigenous voice at the Board level has been a topic of considerable discussion by Trustees in recent years and previously led to the addition of an Indigenous Student Trustee to start the 2020-2021 school year. For the past three to four years, Limestone has had an Education Agreement with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte for students from the territory attending Napanee District Secondary School. Trustees voted unanimously in May 2022, to approach the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte to pursue their interest in appointing an Indigenous Trustee through Regulation 462/97. After consultations with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and the Indigenous Education Advisory Council (IEAC) there was agreement that the Indigenous Trustee would be appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and ensure an Indigenous voice is at the Board table. The term of appointment will align with the four-year term served by trustees municipally elected from November 15, 2022 to November 15, 2026.

The addition of an Indigenous Trustee to the Board, now brings the number of officials to ten. LDSB also has three student trustees elected through the district’s Inter-school Council representing the voices of Indigenous, Urban and Rural students.

Incumbents Karen McGregor, Suzanne Ruttan, Joy Morning, Garrett Elliott, Bob Godkin, Judith Brown and Robin Hutcheon were either acclaimed or re-elected on October 24, 2022. Joining the Board as first-time Trustees are Tiffany Lloyd (acclaimed Greater Napanee) and Jim Neill (Kingscourt-Rideau-Countryside).

School Board Trustees are locally-elected representatives of the public, and they are the community’s advocate for public education. They are required to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the Board in fulfilling its duties under the Education Act. Trustee elect an executive every year of the four-year term. Trustees will serve until November 15, 2026.