Joe Small


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Joe Small

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Personal Information

Resident of: Upper Sahali
Current Occupation: School Trustee in the Kamloops-Thompson School District

Political Experience:

I am presently completing my first four year term as a School Trustee in the Kamloops-Thompson School District

Biography

I bring to the board table a wealth of Educational Experience as my entire career has been in education – eighteen years as an Intermediate Teacher, seventeen years as an Elementary School Principal in Kamloops, and now four years as a School Trustee.

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Kamloops This Week Small wants to right wrongs on SD73 board Click to Visit
Kamloops Matters Kamloops election 2018: Joe Small has spent his life involved in public education, and aims to keep the streak going Click to Visit

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Answers to Questions from the Public

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?


Joe Small Answered

As a School Trustee I would say the overcrowding in several of our schools. We are presently managing this problem by installing portables at schools effected by increased enrolment (i.e. nine portables at Valleyview Secondary and five at Westmount Elementary). To overcome this problem, we need to convince the Provincial Government that the city of Kamloops is in desperate need of schools in areas showing increased urban growth - Juniper Ridge, Pineview, and Bachelor Heights.

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?


Joe Small Answered

The Kamloops-Thompson School Board works very closely with several of local organizations (i.e. Interior Community Services and Make Children First) to ensure all children experience an education in a safe and nurturing environment. Breakfast and lunch programs are run in our schools located in several areas of the city and SD 73 has a policy in place that ensures a student's opportunity to participate in extra-curricular events is not hampered by the family's financial situation.

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?


Joe Small Answered

We definitely have a problem in several areas of our city with overcrowding in our schools. What we need in order to alleviate this problem is new schools in several of our expanding urban areas. (i.e. Juniper Ridge, Pineview, and Bachelor Heights). To make this happen, we need to continue to lobby the Provincial Government, not only for Capital Funding, but to get them to look at Kamloops' enrolment separate from the rest of our large school district. When looking at our district as a whole (rural and urban), our enrolment issues looks manageable. When looking strictly at Kamloops' enrolment, one can quickly see that overcrowding in our schools is becoming an increasing problem that is not going to solve itself over 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?


Joe Small Answered

You have touched upon a very important topic and one that we as school trustees must always keep front and centre in our quest for not only the best education we can provide our students but also the safest - both physically and mentally. To this end, our district created a new administrative position – District Principal of Student Inclusion – to meet the educational and emotional needs of an increasingly diverse student population. As well, each of our secondary schools are staffed with student counsellors and our district has a strong team of school psychologists that are available at a moment’s notice when issues arise. Finally, this is year one of a new District Student Advisory Council composed of secondary and middle school students. They will we be meeting on a regular basis and will act as the student’s voice, bringing concerns and issues to our trustees.

Oct 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Kieran asks the School Trustee Candidates

will you let school have to week on spring break


Joe Small Answered

I am in total support of a two week spring break as are our district staff and parents when surveyed back in February/March, 2017. Research supports the benefits of a two week spring break, as studies have shown students and staff come back more refreshed and ready to complete the final stretch of the school year. As a new board, we need to revisit the motion passed at the March 13th, 2017 board meeting and remove the portion of that motion that hinders the negotiation for a two week spring break starting in 2020.

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

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

What was their previous Job ? or employment ?


Joe Small Answered

I am a retired educator. My entire career was in education - 18 years as an intermediate teacher, 17 years as an Elementary School Administrator and lastly 4 years as a School Trustee. After 18 years in the classroom which stretched over two provinces and three school districts, I moved to Kamloops in 1996 as the vice-principal at Parkcrest Elementary. In 1997, I was appointed principal of Pinantan Elementary where I remained for four years. In 2001, I was given the honour of being Pacific Way Elementary's Inaugural Principal. After six years at Pacific Way, I transferred to Summit Elementary for three years and then in 2010 I was assigned Arthur Stevenson Elementary which I retired from in 2013. In 2014, I was elected to the Kamloops-Thompson School board to which I am running for re-election for another four year term.

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Kieran Maloney asks the School Trustee Candidates

Will school have two week of spring break


Joe Small Answered

I am in total support of a two week spring break as are our district staff and parents when surveyed back in February/March, 2017. Research supports the benefits of a two week spring break, as studies have shown students and staff come back more refreshed and ready to complete the final stretch of the school year. As a new board, we need to revisit the motion passed at the March 13th, 2017 board meeting and remove the portion of that motion that hinders the negotiation for a two week spring break starting in 2020.

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?


Joe Small Answered

As a School Trustee, a major part of our duties involves getting out to public school events. By visiting the schools... talking to the parents, teachers and students, we get their views on how our school district is doing when it comes to the education of our young people. It is then our responsibility as trustees to take that information with us to the board table when decisions are made.

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?


Joe Small Answered

No, I do not support teachers and support staff being declared an essential service. Doing so would greatly reduce their bargaining power when negotiating a contract.

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

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

Why do you want to be elected?


Joe Small Answered

My entire career has been in education. The Kamloops-Thompson School District has been very good to me in my career and upon retirement I saw an opportunity to continue to support the education in our district by running for the school board. In the 2014 civic election I was successful and for the past four years I have enjoyed being a part of what I consider to be a very progressive school district. This is an exciting time in education with the implementation of a new provincial curriculum and the school district now going into it's second year of its five year strategic plan. As well, we continue to be very active in pressuring the provincial government for what we believe is our rightful portion of the Capital funding they allocate each year. I love what I do and so have chosen to run for re-election.