Beat Klossner


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Candidate for School Trustee

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Beat Klossner

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Phone: 250-851-0505

Personal Information

Resident of: City Centre
Age: 56
Current Occupation: Baker/Pastry Chef

Political Experience:

I always had a keen interest in the politics, even as a teenager. My daughter grown, I finally have the time to "do something about it" myself.
Starting off at a grassroots level I became involved with the Downtown Neighbourhood Association as treasurer. I'm also the Chair of a 78 unit Strata Corporation.
In 2017 I took a much bigger step and ran as Candidate for the Provincial Election and that was a great learning experience.
Now I'm turning my efforts to local politics. There is much to be done here and local politics are just as important as politics at Provincial and Federal levels.
It is a lot of work, time and effort that goes into running for office. But it is important since politics influences all parts of our lives.

Biography

Beat Klossner, born and raised in Switzerland, has lived in Kamloops since 2002. His daughter went to David Thompson Elementary School, Westsyde High School and has a Journalism Degree from TRU.

Beat is a certified Baker/Pastry Chef. He serves as Treasurer of the Downtown Neighbourhood Association (DNA) and Chair of a 78 unit Strata Corporation.

Community minded, Beat considers Public Education as one of the main pillars of our society.

External Page Links

Kamloops Matters Kamloops election 2018: Beat Klossner thinks school board could do more for education Click to Visit
Kamloops This Week Klossner wants to create ‘awesome schools’ Click to Visit

Organization Endorsements

BC Progressive Development Group

The BC Progressive Development Group (BCPDG) is a nonpartisan group that focuses on Federal, BC Provincial, and Municipal election issues that effect the people of British Columbia involved in construction and industrial fields.

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Kamloops and District Labour Council

We are the elected representatives of roughly 13,000 unionized workers in the Kamloops area covering Merritt to Valemount and Chase to Lillooet. Our affiliates work collaboratively to advance the economic and social welfare of workers and with other progressive organizations in the promotion of social justice and human rights as described in the United Nations’ Charter of Human Rights. We are members of the BC Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress, the latter of which represents over three-million unionized Canadians.

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Endorsements

Beat is passionate about improving our community, and brings enthusiasm and caring to his bid for School Trustee.

Jennifer Turnbull

Beat's shown a commitment to fighting for equality and the rights of all people and I am absolutely confident that he will bring this conscientious attitude to our school board so that all our kids get the best possible chance to succeed in our schools and society. Beat's also done a lot of work to reach out to the various communities and staff of our school district and should be commended for taking their concerns to heart and committing to having them addressed.

Peter Kerek, Kamloops parent

Beat has really thought about the issues the school district faces and is offering up some innovative and forward looking solutions. In my view, Beat will bring a fresh and insightful approach to the position of school trustee.

Randy Sunderman, Owner, Peak Solutions Consulting Inc.

I've never seen anyone work this hard & show dedication to the position of School Trustee. That and the fact Beat truly cares gets my vote, hope it gets yours as well. Regards, William James Turnbull

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Answers to Questions from the Public

Oct 15, 2018 at 10:39 am

Maddie asks the School Trustee Candidates

I would like to know what you plan to do about the school dress codes and the implementation of them. Currently the dress codes and the implementation body shame girls, vilify boys, and are discriminstory.


Beat Klossner Answered

A good case can be made for providing students with a school uniform. It would be a simple way around all the issues inequality and discrimination and a dress code that is difficult to define.
Also to consider is that a supplied school uniform will take a lot of pressure of poorer families that struggle to buy the "back to school" cloths in order to fit in with the student body.
A school uniform would be a great equalizer.

Oct 12, 2018 at 12:58 am

Darryl Schmidt asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

If your campaign had a theme song, what would it be?


Beat Klossner Answered

Sonny Rollins " Don't Stop the Carnival" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuQlSRVtP8k

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Dick Stewart asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What was their previous Job ? or employment ?


Beat Klossner Answered

I was born and raised in Switzerland. I`m a certified Baker, Pastry Chef. I have worked in my profession for almost 40 years.

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Kieran Maloney asks the School Trustee Candidates

Will school have two week of spring break


Beat Klossner Answered

Yes. A majority of teachers,students and parents spoke out in favor of a two week spring break.

Oct 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Kieran asks the School Trustee Candidates

will you let school have to week on spring break


Beat Klossner Answered

The consultation with the public, teachers, support staff, students and parents by thew school district showed a large majority preferring the 2 week spring break.
I absolutely agree with that. A one week break does not provide much opportunity to De-stress and relax, as anybody that ever went on a 5 day vacation knows.

Oct 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Jolene asks the School Trustee Candidates

As a special needs parent what do you plan to do to make sure children like mine get an education? The current lack of EA’s results in our children being sent home early or being told not to bring them to school due to lack of support. Many children did not even start the year off with their peers due to schools not having support for them the first week.
2) IEP’s. Many parents work and are unable to come during school hours to meet with staff to write IEP’s but instead get sent home a copy of it and expected to accept this. This is not meaningful consultation. What do you plan on doing to make sure parents are included in this important decision making?


Beat Klossner Answered

I see the Board of Education getting to be "top heavy". New Mangers positions are created at the board level on a regular basis. One of those positions is worth 3-4 teachers/support staff at the school level where these resources are much more effective and a much better value for the public and the school system. I would like to see a review and elimination of all unnecessary Board level management positions and those resources going into the schools as EAs etc. It is also important to demand the needed funding from the Province since the "asking" and "hoping" for it by the current Board hasn't had much success at all.
As for the IEP’s, there has to be a more flexible approach in the scheduling. I believe it is essential to have parents involved in the process and it should be possible for the district to find ways to accommodate a parents work schedule. Some of us are working Mon.-Fri 9-5, many of us have different work schedules. I think flexibility it is just a question of will from the District administration, which is missing at this time.

Sep 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm

Tabitha Gallicano asks the School Trustee Candidates

I just learnt of this question platform, so, some have already answered this question on facebook. Thank you!
The worlds of children and youth have been changing. The easier access to weapons, the increase in violence, and suicide due partially to bullying has some parents nervous about sending their children to public school. Some schools in larger metropolitan areas have implemented metal detectors and security upon arrival and departure. Other schools have put more support programs, such as counselors, psychologists, and group therapy in place for students. Within the last years there have been many cutbacks but such programs could prove wonders to a young persons mental well being. This is imperative as students spend a good portion of their lives at school. As trustee, do you potentially for-see more financials being allocated for resources that will not only keep our children physically safe, but also their mental and emotional health?


Beat Klossner Answered

I absolutely agree that support programs, such as counselors, psychologists, and group therapy must be an essential part in keeping our children safe and well.
It will be up to the Board of Education to allocate more funds for such programs. What is needed is the political will to do so as well as the resources from the Provincial Government. In my opinion it is the duty of the Board to demand the needed funds from the Provincial Government, not just "hope" for them.
I think the School district is getting fairly "Top Heavy" and that we could spend more on support staff and programs in the schools and some less on Managers at the Board level.

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

William Turnbull asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

Why do you want to be elected?


Beat Klossner Answered

There is a great need for refreshing the Board of Education. It has become to comfortable and there is a great need for more questions and debate around the issues.

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:35 pm

Cam Johnson asks the School Trustee Candidates

What are your thoughts on the overcrowding of many of the cities school’s? And what can be done to help that problem?


Beat Klossner Answered

Overcrowding is the result of at least 15 years of severe under funding of the Public School system. Boards of Education were forced to close schools and did so obediently. At the same time there has been great growth in the city as well, without the needed Education Infrastructure taken into account by all levels of government.
The result we see today is more students having to travel further to fewer schools,which is also the main reason for the traffic problems we have at schools.
The current Board of Education is dealing with this situation by buying portables to use as class room. In a report to the Board on the June 25th meeting it was suggested that 32 more portables are needed at a cost of over $5Mil. installed.
This means that the Board is planning to make a temporary solutions (portables) into a permanent one.
Now, a tree farm is not a forest, just as a Portable classrooms are not really schools.
The solution is simple: re-open closed down neighbourhood schools, such as Westsyde Elementary or Ralph Bell in Valleyview . The schools and grounds have been maintained and it would be the most efficient and effective way to deal with the overcrowding.

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Melissa asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What are 3 things you think are going well for Kamloops, what 3 things need improving and what are 3 things you'd like to express that could promote compassion and dignity towards our cities most vulnrable?


Beat Klossner Answered

Going well for Kamloops:
- The new affordable housing projects are a good start.
- The city has developed a great community and neighborhoods plans
- It has just the right size, big enough to offer everything one might need, small enough to still be able to talk to each other on the street.
Things need improving:
- The practical implementation of the community plans is largely missing.
- Transit, walkability , public transport, public spaces
- The larger vision on what the city should look like in 5/10/20 years.
promote compassion and dignity towards our cities most vulnerable?
- We need to get away from the "Nimby" approach, they are our fellow humans and it is our duty to care for them.
- Talk to the most vulnerable.Most of us have an opinion about them,few have ever actually talked or spend any time with them.
- Most of us are just a few rent/mortgage payments away from being homeless. Always remember that.

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Peter Kerek asks the School Trustee Candidates

There are many school-aged children living below the poverty line in Kamloops and across Canada. What role, if any, do you feel a school trustee should play in advocating for economic justice for these kids?


Beat Klossner Answered

For the immediate short term I would like to see free breakfast, lunch and afternoon meals provided to every child in the school. This measure is not something that really costs a lot of money in the big scheme of things, can be implemented quickly , and will have an immensely positive effect on learning.

All fees, extra charges etc. have to disappear. A field trip, the rental of a musical instrument, sports equipment etc. needs to be available to every child.

In the longer term we need a much higher standardization of our public schools. it is not acceptable that there are "better" and "worse" schools in the system. The goal has to be every school fully equipped , staffed and serviced to its needs. Every child deserves an awesome school, regardless of the wealth.

Sep 17, 2018 at 11:41 pm

Beat Klossner asks the School Trustee Candidates

Preparing for bargaining for the next collective agreement between teachers and the employers is currently underway.

Should teachers/ support staff be considered an "essential service" when bargaining time comes around?


Beat Klossner Answered

No!
An essential service is something of a "Life and Death" matter, like Fire Department, Policing, essential Health Care etc. These need to have basic service levels at all times to protect society. Therefore they are Essential Services.
Teachers/Support staff obviously don't fall under that category.
Essential Service Legislation have often been used to interfere with the basic bargaining rights of employees.
It is not acceptable to use "Essential Service Legislation" to interfere with the Bargaining rights for workers.

Sep 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Bryce asks the School Trustee Candidates

School District 73 has an over-management issue and is "out of touch" with the actual users (teachers, students, and parent). As School Trustee how would you address this?


Beat Klossner Answered

You are correct, SD 73 is getting very "top heavy", the same trend we are seeing at Interior Health.
This is not a good way to spend our recourse, since a Manager at the Board of Education level is worth 3 - 4 employees (teachers/support staff etc) at the ground level, and these are the people that work in the actual schools and make it all happen.
The Board of education seems to me more and more removed from what is happening in the schools. There is a great disconnect.
Any potential for another proposed management position needs to be questioned. Is it money well spent? Is that position really necessary? What would be the benefit to the schools (if any) compare to hiring 4 more support staff?
If elected I will make efforts to bridge the gap between SD73 and the actual schools. I want to meet on a regular bases with students, teachers, support staff and parents, so as to be well aware what the issues are every day at the ground level.
I believe that what is happening in the schools should guide what is happening at the Board level, not the other way around.

Sep 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Bryce asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

British Columbians are actually heading to two polls this year, municipal and we also have the mail-in referendum on Proportional Representation.

What's your position on Proportional Representation and why? Should Kamloops also consider some sort of electoral reform for municipal to ensure each area/neighbourhood of Kamloops gets equitable representation on council? Perhaps even lowering the municipal voting age to 16 to get youth more engage.


Beat Klossner Answered

I'm absolutely in favor of proportional representation. It will make every vote count and if a party gets i.e 10% of the vote it should get 10% of the seats. It will greatly enhance Parliament with fresh views and ideas and avoid single rule by one party. Instead forces parties to work together in coalitions for the benefit of the Province.
I think Kamloops should consider a reform in municipal voting system as well. We might want to consider some sort of ward system, so as to have much better representation form the north shore Westsyde and east of the city.
For the Board of Education I would love to see a seat set aside for a Representative of the Employees of SD73 as well as a seat for a Student Representative at the table. It makes sense to me to have representation at the Board of Education from the people that are actually working and attending our schools.
At 16 one is allowed and considered mature enough to drive a car and I don't see why somebody should not be allowed to vote as well then at 16.

Aug 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What do you see as the single most important issue facing Kamloops right now?
What are your ideas for managing or overcoming this issue?


Beat Klossner Answered

Housing. At less then 1% vacancy rate there is simply nothing decent available for many of us. It causes stress and financial hardship especially on the young and the old.
Good, affordable housing creates stability in a community which benefits everyone.
All levels of Government need to act quickly and decisively. I think a large stock of Publicly owned housing is the key to this problem. Publicly owned, because it allows us to keep control over the costs and use of that housing. Low income,young families, seniors and special needs have to be priority.
Much better rent controls need to be in place as well.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

What additions or improvements would you like to see to the recreational offerings in Kamloops?


Beat Klossner Answered

I would like to see more natural spaces. We have a lot of sports facilities, but are lacking ,quiet relaxing spaces. I like to see parks just for strolling and hanging out, more spaces like the libraries where one can meet and relax. This could be in form of "Community Houses" in Neighborhoods. We have many recreational offering that are competitive, we forgot that recreation could also be relaxing.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor Candidates

Do you consider yourself:
A) Leader
B) Team player
C) Lone wolf

Explain


Beat Klossner Answered

Leader, an ability to assign a tasks to the most capable persons, encourage them,and so achieve the best possible results. A good idea, an issue that has to be dealt with means to me finding a way to get it done.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor Candidates

Do you consider yourself:
A) Leader
B) Team player
C) Lone wolf

Explain


Beat Klossner Answered

Leader, an ability to assign a tasks to the most capable persons, encourage them,and so achieve the best possible results. A good idea, an issue that has to be dealt with means to me finding a way to get it done.