Prosser third candidate seeking to replace departing Peddle
By Richard Leitner, News Staff
Tanya Prosser says she’s running to be the next Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustee for the east Mountain because the area needs better representation.
The mother of three said she and other parents were left on their own when trying to resolve issues at school because they couldn’t reach Ward 6 incumbent Laura Peddle, who isn’t seeking re-election this fall.
“It got to the point where you had to go to the superintendent to try to get anything done because she wasn’t, unfortunately, available,” said Prosser, 38, who has two sons who are autistic and a daughter with special needs.
“I myself had dealings that needed trustee responses that I did not receive,” she said. “It’s disappointing and the people deserve better.”
She is the third candidate to register in Ward 6 for the Oct. 27 municipal election, joining Eamon O’Donnell and upper Stoney Creek resident Alan Miles. All are making their first run for office.
Prosser, who lives in the ward and runs a small soap-making business, said if elected she will push for more transparency and accountability, something she found particularly lacking on school closures.
She said a case in point was “a last-minute” decision in June to shutter just two of four east-end elementary schools recommended for closure by a volunteer accommodation review committee without any prior public consultation.
Closer to home, Prosser said she wants to help find a suitable use for the former Barton high school – since renamed Nora Frances Henderson – when it closes and a new school opens by the corner of Upper Sherman Avenue and Rymal Road.
The present plan calls for Henderson to be sold to help pay for repairs at remaining high schools, including Sherwood.
“Some of the community members have good ideas on what they’d like seen done,” Prosser said. “They want to preserve the general integrity of the area and see another form of school put in there. They don’t want to see it torn down.”