Candidate for School Trustee
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Personal InformationResident of: Brocklehurst
Current Occupation: Bookkeeper/Office Manager
Veteran School Trustee, serving on Finance and Planning committee (Chair), Audit committee, Education committee, Aboriginal Education Council, Aboriginal Advisory Committee, District Student Advisory Council liaison, City of Kamloops Diversity Committee (Vice-Chair), and Poverty Reduction Task-force. I am also the Board's Provincial Council representative to the BC School Trustees Association and sit on the BCSTA Finance committee's working group on Capital.
I moved to Kamloops in 1990, moved away for a few years for school, and came back permanently in 2003. I've been active in 4H, Rotary and the Kamloops Tsunami Summer Swim Club. I officiate at swim meets around the Okanagan every summer and have officiated at Provincials for the last 2 years. I have a B.Sc and am working on my CPA. I have 3 school-age children.
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Answers to Questions from the Public
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?
Kathleen Karpuk Answered
It needs to be addressed on a school by school basis. In some cases there are just a few more students than the school was built for so a portable is appropriate, in other cases there are many more students in a neighborhood and asking the province to provide funding for a new school or an addition is best. Unfortunately, the province has a very complex formula for determining where additions and new schools are placed. The district must prove that 1) there are enough extra students to justify building an addition or new school - hence numerous portables at Valleyview. 2) There is no extra capacity at neighboring schools - leading to multiple portables in Aberdeen area schools while we wait for approval for a school in Pineview. 3) That there is growth enrollment in the district - supported by several years of enrollment data and birth records.
Re-opening schools (such as Westsyde) cost money to bring them back to operational functionality especially if they have been closed for more than a decade, but are certainly options that need to be looked at. Schools such as Ralph Bell and Happy Vale are currently housing multiple day cares and preschools, so opening those schools would result in losing a lot of child care spaces when there is already a severe shortage and this would need a lot of thought before that step should be taken. As well, most of the closed schools are in areas where there are not enrollment pressures so that means that students would be bused out of their neighborhoods, away from friends, and no longer within walking distance. This could potentially increase traffic as parents drive students to and from sports and after school activities that are not compatible with a bus schedule. This also leads to a disconnect with their neighborhood. Many parents would probably rather have their children at a neighborhood school in a portable than on a bus to a school in a different area of the city. A prime example of this is Sun Peaks where all the students are in portables so they don't have to ride the bus to Heffley Creek.
In short, portables meet a need short term, schools and additions take a really long time to get funding, and re-opening schools needs a lot of thought to make sure it's being done for the right reasons and in the right area.
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?
Kathleen Karpuk Answered
This district has always tried to put as many resources as possible into supporting students. It's part of the reason we didn't have to hire a lot of LART and counselors when the Supreme Court decision came down, we already had them in place. This summer we added a district principal of inclusion to support programs such as anti-bullying, SOGI, and other wellness programs. We are also participating in the equity scan project to identify where we may be failing aboriginal students and to find ways to improve relationships with TIB and the other bands. We've also formed a district student advisory council who will be letting us know how we can better address student concerns and issues. That council is formed of students from each secondary and middle school in the district.