Two Trinity-Conception-Placentia battles in school board elections
There are two zones within the Trinity-Conception-Placentia area where voters can choose who will represent them on the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District’s board of trustees.
The first vote to take place since the province-wide board was formed in 2013 is happening Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Zone 12 goes from Harbour Grace up north to Bay de Verde and through the Trinity Bay South area down to Whitbourne. Zone 13 starts in Upper Island Cove and also includes communities in the Placentia area and the Southern Shore.
In each zone there are four candidates, with two current board members seeking to return to the table.
Zone 12 features a battle between Harbour Grace Coun. Hayward Blake, Victoria resident Edward Cole, former Carbonear mayor Milton Peach and Help Whitbourne Elementary chairman Wade Smith.
Blake is a former principal at Ascension Collegiate who spent several years holding senior leadership positions with Eastern School District and Avalon West School District. He currently works for Memorial Univerity’s Faculty of Education.
Cole is a former teacher who last year ran as an independent candidate in the provincial district of Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde.
Peach has chaired boards for NLESD and the Eastern School District since 2005. A former teacher, Peach represented the provincial district of Carbonear for seven years in the 1980s.
Smith has been in the news recently as a spokesman for those looking to keep Whitbourne Elementary open. The owner of Smith’s Ambulance Service is also vice-chairperson of the local school council. Help Whitbourne Elementary led a successful legal challenge of the board of trustees’ decision earlier this year to close the school. The board has since voted to close Whitbourne Elementary next June.
Zone 13’s candidates include Kay Crane, Des Linehan, Kevin Ryan and Eric A. Snow.
Crane is a civil servant originally from Bell Island who now calls Shearstown home. She’s the mother of a child attending school in Bay Roberts and is concerned about early start times, busing and school infrastructure.
Linehan has represented Zone 8 for the Eastern School District’s board of trustees, served on the provincial rural secretariat, and acted as a firefighter with the Placentia Volunteer Fire Depart- ment.
Ryan is a former principal at Stella Maris in Trepassey who retired in June. He is a former mayor of Renews-Cappahayden and chaired the Save Our Church Properties committee in Renews.
Snow, a residential property appraiser, was first elected as a board of trustees member in 2001 and was active on the most recent NLESD board. He’s been involved with student-teacher associations and school councils in the past and is the current vice-president of the Kiwanis Club of Carbonear.
Information on where to vote can be found at www.schoolboardelectionsnl.ca.