Limestone District School Board elects new Chair and Vice-Chair

Bob Godkin and Robin Hutcheon have been selected by the elected Limestone District School Board (LDSB) Trustees to serve as Vice-Chair and Chair, respectively, of the Board of Trustees for the 2022 to 2026 term. Photo via LDSB.

At the Initial Meeting of the newly elected Limestone District School Board (LDSB) Board of Trustees, trustees selected Robin Hutcheon and Bob Godkin for the roles of Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. Trustees elect a Chair and Vice-Chair each year of their four-year mandate.

In what the school board called “a historical moment,” Chair Hutcheon’s name was drawn to fulfill the role of Chair after a tie between her and Trustee Suzanne Ruttan for the position. Where there is an equality of votes, the Education Act stipulates the drawing of lots to determine who will fill the role, according to a release from LDSB. Trustee Hutcheon’s name was pulled.

Trustee Godkin and Trustee Judith Brown were both nominated for the position of Vice-Chair, according to the release. Trustee Godkin was elected to serve as Vice-Chair following a secret ballot. This is the first time both Hutcheon and Godkin have served in executive positions.

Chair Hutcheon, who represents the Townships of Loyalist and Stone Mills, pledged her commitment to students and the Board upon being selected for the role of Chair. “I firmly believe in advocating for all students in our Board. Students are the reason why we are here. It is their well-being, their achievements and their success that matters. I am proud to sit on this Board,” she said.

“I think Limestone is a leader in Ontario and we have a lot of opportunities to make education the best it can be,” Hutcheon added. “By working collaboratively with staff and our communities, we can ensure students have expanding opportunities, in all pathways, to help them achieve success and well-being. As we begin a new term, we must all be committed to working collaboratively to meet these objectives.”

Hutcheon was first elected in October 2018, and this is her second term of office. According to the release, she has served on several Board committees and served provincially through the Ontario Public School Boards Association.

Vice-Chair Godkin, who is also in his second term of office, represents the City of Kingston: Pittsburgh and King’s Town Districts, and Frontenac Islands. 

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  • November 19, 2022 at 8:15 am
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    The election of Robin Hutcheons as the new Chair of LDSB is remarkable and wonderful news. This change will bring in a new era of collaboration with parents and communities in a climate of respect and openness. There will now be opportunities to discuss fundamental issues such as busing of small children, closing small schools for youngsters, megaschool challenges, education of rural children, and reconciliation with indigenous people. Congratulations. Christie Jefferson

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