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Chair and Vice-Chair re-elected for 2020 term

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Chair and Vice Chair re-elected for 2020 term
Posted on 12/12/2019
Image of Chair Suzanne Ruttan and Vice-Chair Laurie FrenchTrustees of the Limestone District School Board re-elected Trustees Suzanne Ruttan and Laurie French respectively to the roles of chair and vice-chair at the initial meeting of the 2020 year on Dec. 11, 2019.

Chair Ruttan was acclaimed to her position. Trustee French and Trustee Garrett Elliott were both nominated for the vice-chair position. Vice-Chair French was elected following a secret ballot. Trustees elect a Chair and Vice-Chair each year of their four-year mandate.

Ruttan, who represents the Township of South Frontenac, expressed her appreciation upon being acclaimed to the role of Chair for a second time this term. "Thank you, fellow Trustees, for your confidence in acclaiming me to this position. I will serve and fulfill my duties as Chair with integrity and mutual respect for, students, staff, each other, and the broader communities we serve.

"Our responsibility is to maintain and enhance public education across our district through our governance and advocacy. As we formulate policy, approve operating and capital budgets, and monitor the Board’s Strategic Plan, we remain focused on: putting wellness first, turning innovation into action, and  being committed to collaboration. Student achievement and well-being remain the focus of all Board decisions."

Read Chair Ruttan's full initial address

Ruttan was first elected in October 2010 and this is her third term representing the Township of South Frontenac. She served as Vice Chair of the Board for the 2017-2018 school year and Chair for the 2018-2019 school year.

Vice Chair Laurie French, who represents the Town of Greater Napanee, has served on the Board since 2000. French is President of the Canadian School Boards’ Association and past president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

Trustees also selected their committee roles for the 2020 year. Trustees must serve on at least one committee in addition to the Whole Board (Caucus) and Education Policy and Operations Committee.

Ontario Public School Boards' Association (Alternate):
Trustee Tom Gingrich


Audit Committee:
Trustee Laurie French (Chair)
Trustee Garrett Elliott

Awards Committee:

Trustee Judith Brown
Trustee Garrett Elliott
Trustee  Tom Gingrich
Trustee Karen McGregor (Alternate)

Special Education Advisory Committee:
Trustee Karen McGregor
Trustee Bob Godkin
Trustee Judith Brown (Alternate)

Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee:
Trustee Robin Hutcheon
Trustee Joy Morning

Parent Involvement Committee:
Trustee Garrett Elliott
Trustee Joy Morning (Alternate)

Special Committee - Supervised Alternative Learning:
Trustee Judith Brown
Trustee Joy Morinng (Alternate)

Expulsion Hearing Committee/Disciplinary Hearing Committee Pool:
Trustee Suzanne Ruttan
Trustee Karen McGregor
Trustee Robin Hutcheon
Trustee Bob Godkin
Trustee Garrett Elliott

Food Sharing Project:

Trustee Tom Gingrich

Learn more about the role of trustees.

For more information, please contact:
Karen Smith, Communications Officer
613-544-6925 x 314 | 613-328-0947 mobile
Jane Douglas, Communications Officer
Communications Officer
613-544-6925 x 311 | 613-328-0916 mobile

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.