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Jun 04, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Closures prompt Ward 7 trustee hopeful’s political plunge

Hamilton Mountain News

Incumbent Orban ‘pretty good role model,’ Warry-Poljanski says

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Sarah Warry-Poljanski says she hopes to draw on her experience working with at-risk youth and in construction if she’s elected as Ward 7 public school trustee this fall.

The third candidate to register in the race, the 30-year-old mother of two said her involvement in the closure study that could shutter up to three central Mountain elementary schools piqued her interest in taking the political plunge.

“I decided to kind of put my money where my mouth is and run and see what I could do better than what I see happening, put myself in that position and see what I could bring to the table,” she said.

Warry-Poljanski said she realizes it will be too late to change decisions if she’s successful, but remains skeptical of population projections used to justify potential closures, including of Linden Park, where her son is in Grade 1.

She said she’s also worried what will happen if developers buy the school and neighbouring Hill Park Secondary School, which closes at the end of this month.

“They could put at least a hundred houses there. Even if you say one child per every two or three houses, that’s going to bump up the numbers quite a bit. Where are they going to go?” Warry-Poljanski said.

“I don’t want to see, within 20 years, now there’s no green space and we have an overabundance of kids and we’ve got, say, 30 kids in a classroom and we’ve got them outside in trailers when we’ve just spent millions and millions and millions of dollars on new schools that are now overpopulated.”

Also registered for the Oct. 27 vote are Marlon Picken, who ran in 2010, and first-time candidate Mike Patchett.

Twenty-three-year incumbent Lillian Orban, who took about 60 per cent of votes cast in a two-way race last time around, has yet to register.

Warry-Poljanski said she views Orban as “a pretty good role model” and is pleased with the job she’s done.

“She’s stuck to her guns, so it’s good to have someone like that, not just kind of give in,” she said. “It’s given me kind of a cue what to do and what not to do and how far you can take things.”

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