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Limestone District School Board appoints new Director of Education

Krishna Burra. Photo submitted by the Limestone District School Board.

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, Krishna Burra will begin his appointment as Director of Education for the Limestone District School Board (LDSB).

“On behalf of the Trustees of the Limestone District School Board, I am pleased to welcome Mr. Burra as our new Director of Education,” Limestone District School Board Chair Suzanne Ruttan said in a statement. “Mr. Burra has always demonstrated a passion for and commitment to student achievement and well-being during his more than two decades of progressive and collaborative leadership in Limestone. We are thrilled to work with him over the coming years to promote our strategic priorities of wellness, innovation and collaboration as we continue to address the needs of every student within our district.”

Currently, Burra is the Superintendent of Education with the Limestone Board, and has held various significant leadership roles during his nearly 25 years in public education. He began his career as Assistant to the Director and Supervisor of Safe and Caring Schools before taking on his current role as Superintendent of Schools, Program, and Information Technology Services.

After joining the senior team at the LDSB in 2010, Mr. Burra has expanded his portfolio significantly. He has held a range of responsibilities including international education, outdoor education, e-learning, professional learning, Indigenous education, and equity and inclusion. He has also been responsible for supervision of the Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute/Kingston Secondary School Family of Schools. 

“I am both honoured and excited for this new opportunity to support the students, families and staff of the Limestone District School Board,” Burra expressed. “I look forward to collaborating with Trustees, staff, students, families, community partners, and all members of our school communities to enhance the good work already taking place in our schools across the district.”

A Kingston native, Burra lives in Kingston with his wife, a secondary teacher with LDSB, and their three children. He is a graduate of Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute (LCVI), and Queen’s University.

“Mr. Burra holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Master of Education from Charles Sturt University. At the provincial level, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers Association (OPSOA) since 2017 and was selected President Elect for the 2019-2020 school year. Mr. Burra is a previous Queen’s University Faculty of Education Associate Teacher of the Year, and Queen’s Baillie Award winner for excellence in secondary teaching,” the LDSB said in a statement.

Before assuming his duties in early August, Burra will work on a transition plan with the Senior Staff and retiring Director of Education Debra Rantz to ensure a smooth transition.

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