Scott Kimler seeking second term on school board

Scott Kimler

About Scott Kimler

As a scientist with a Masters degree in Geophysics from the Pennsylvania State University, I know that the school district benefits by having trustees with critical thinking skills. This is why I am seeking a second term as trustee.

I have lived in the district since 2006 and been an active volunteer fire-fighter for more than 11 years. Combined with more than 20 years of corporate experience in the petroleum industry, I have a strong professional background founded on a collaborative, team-based approach to problem-solving. 

As project manager of multi-million-dollar seismic field ops in the U.S. and overseas, I have an extensive skill set I employ for considered and constructive contributions on your school board.

 I am the father of a high schooler in SD68, which gives me a unique perspective as a board member.

We must continue with positive changes and fresh thinking. We need to continue engaging teachers, staff, city councils, First Nations partners, parents, students, and the general community. Only by working together we can better achieve our common goal of improving public education in School District 68 making it a fun, creative and engaging place to both learn and work.

Scott's Platform

REPRESENTATION: Board members have a fiduciary duty to represent those who elect them. I will continue to work to build positive, collaborative, and beneficial relationships with all SD68 stakeholder groups. 

CULTURE SHIFT: SD68's reputation among school districts is improving. I will continue engaging in genuine two-way dialogue, transparent and accountable decision-making. I will continue to include stakeholder ideas and concerns in board discussion and decisions. 

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS: Providing the best possible student learning environment and outcomes requires creative thinking and meaningful consultation. I am inclusive, creative, thoughtful, respectful, and practical. 

FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY: Trustees need to be engaged and ask tough questions to be sure board decisions are the best ones. I will make certain that stakeholders are represented, that financial estimates are fully vetted and creative, alternative options considered. 

EQUITY: Every student should be afforded the opportunities, resources, and supports in order to achieve to the fullest and have a positive educational experience.

Scott's track record - active and engaged

•       Business Committee Chair,

•       Teacher-Trustee Liaison Committee,

•       CUPE-Trustee Liaison Committee,

•       BCPSEA Board Representative

•       Active Zone Trustee.

Creative Giving

I started a Trustee "Enhanced Learning" fund through the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation. This fund provides $500 grants to students or teachers with a focus on special elementary school projects. Trustees contribute via payroll deduction.

Open, Transparent 

Champion of video streaming and archiving of board meetings (all regular and committee meetings). 

Accessible, Accountable 

The only trustee to regularly post board meeting reports, SD68 news, newspaper articles and stories of interest on a trustee Facebook page and on Twitter. 

Creative - Community 

Supported the sale of the Rotary Bowl and Serauxmen Stadium to Nanaimo and a joint partnership for an all-weather. This joint project is a win/win for the community and students with $4.1 million gross revenue and a joint-use agreements for these facilities.

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