Statement from Chair of the Board

Limestone Learning Foundation
Statement from Chair of the Board
Posted on 11/04/2022
Image of Chair's statement graphicThe following is a statement from LDSB Chair of the Board Suzanne Ruttan.

Thursday afternoon [Nov. 3, 2022] OPSBA released a statement as follows:  “It is extremely disappointing that we have not been able to reach a negotiated agreement at this time among CUPE, the Crown and the employer.  As a result of the anticipated strike action, schools in many of our member boards will be forced to close to students for in-person instruction tomorrow [Friday], and for the duration of this strike action by CUPE members.”  

With CUPE employees making up 30% of Limestone DSB employees, we had no choice but to close schools for in-person learning due to significant health and safety concerns.  Limestone’s CUPE employees are highly valued staff who provide a wide range of critical support functions in classrooms, schools, and across the system.  Normal operations are not possible without these services.  We were hopeful for a fair and negotiated resolution to the current labour impasse, we remain committed to the principle of collective bargaining, and hope the current disruption is short-lived so we can resume in-person learning as soon as possible.

Suzanne Ruttan
Chair of the Board
Trustee South Frontenac 

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