Limestone School Board meeting sees budget approved, students and trustees awarded

Limestone District School Board
Limestone district school board on Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston. Kingstonist file image.

At the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) regular meeting, held Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022, trustees celebrated the 2022 Limestone Student Achiever Awards, awarded Trustee Judith Brown with the Ontario Public Schools Boards Association’s Dr. Harry Paikin award for outstanding service as a public school trustee in Ontario at the meeting, and approved a deficit budget balanced with surplus funds for the 2022-2023 school year totalling $295 million.

2022 Limestone Student Achievers Awards

The Limestone District School Board of Trustees honoured 11 secondary students with 2022 Limestone Student Achiever Awards at the meeting:

  • Breanna Roy – Napanee District High School
  • Erin Smith – Sydenham High School
  • Sarah Gillan – Ernestown Secondary School
  • Amica Levesque – Granite Ridge Education Centre
  • Dom Bryant – Katarokwi Learning Centre 
  • Nell Sykes – Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute 
  • Jillian Morris – Frontenac Secondary School
  • Bridget Campbell – North Addington Education Centre
  • Claire Brackenbury – Kingston Secondary School
  • Nick Doran – La Salle Intermediate and Secondary School
  • Wyatt Falcao – Bayridge Secondary School

According to a release from the LDSB, the Limestone Student Achiever Award recognizes outstanding achievements of secondary students whose exception accomplishments merit recognition beyond the separate categories of awards at the school level. Recipients should have demonstrated exemplary achievement in all three categories: Leadership, positive attitude, energy and school spirit, and academic standing. Find details on each student on the LDSB website.

Trustee Judith Brown Awarded Ontario Public Schools Boards Association’s Award

Trustee Judith Brown is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Public Schools Boards Association’s Dr. Harry Paikin Award for outstanding service as a public school trustee in Ontario, LDSB reported.

Brown, a retired elementary teacher with over 40 years of experience, is a founder of the Afro-Caribe Community Foundation of Kingston, a supporter of the Queen’s Black Academic Society and the Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter, an organizer for Black History Month opening ceremonies in Kingston, and has worked tirelessly to advocate for and raise the voices of the Black community. Read more about Judith Brown here.

Trustees Approve 2022-2023 Budget

The Limestone District School Board of Trustees approved a deficit budget balanced with surplus funds for the 2022-2023 school year totalling $295 million, according to the release. The 2022-2023 budget is compliant with the Ministry of Education requirements, the LDSB stated, with total operating expenditures of $270.8 million, a decrease of approximately $2.5 million over last year’s expenditures. The capital expenditures budget for next year is $24.2 million and is used to fund school condition improvements and school renewal projects, according to the release. More details on the budget are available on the LDBS website.

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