Two Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia bat­tles in school board elec­tions

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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.

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