Bernard Klimist says he's in it for the kids
• Name: Bernard T. Klimist
• Age: 58
• Occupation: Attorney
• Years served: 10
• Precinct: Super District 6
1. What made you decide to serve the district? Why do you serve now?
Quite simply - the kids. I knew they deserved better than they were receiving, as did Victoria. The consolidated school was not working, and it was time for a drastic change to fix it. I just could not stand on sidelines and watch without at least trying for better.
I continue because the work is not finished. We have incredible facilities, but that is only a part of the solution. We need to focus on what takes place in those buildings - teaching, curriculum, safety and learning - while maintaining fiscal responsibility. All of this in spite of state and federal mandates.
2. What is your most memorable time as a board member? Why was it so memorable?
The facility planning and bond election. Having a dream for a better education for our children and taking it to reality will always stay with me. I will never forget working alongside Bob Moore and then standing there on election night realizing that the citizens of Victoria believed as we did in the importance of education for their children and those to come.