Delta resident Andy Basi has announced his candidacy for the Delta school board.
Basi, a former Delta Secondary parent advisory council chair, promised to listen concerns and discuss issues with all concerned.
"If elected as your school board trustee, I will be firmly committed to expanding the board's role and initiative in consulting with the public," he sated on his Facebook campaign page.
"Consultation needs to occur on a regular basis and with more focus on learning about issues and discussing solutions. Nothing builds trust nor destroys misconceptions more than a face-to-face meeting and I plan to be out in the community as much as possible getting ideas and feedback."
According to his Facebook page, Basi has considerable experience on boards, including terms with the Canadian Cancer Society, Delta Hospital Foundation and International Clinical Laboratory Management Association, among others.
He is a certified health executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Basi said the board needs to carefully examine how it carries out its operations. Closer cooperation and coordination with the Corporation of Delta and local organizations would also be a priority, he said.
Other newcomers trying to get on the school board for the first time are Carroll Allan and former Delta Teachers' Association president Val Windsor.
In 2008, Delta school trustees were acclaimed after just seven candidates filed nomination papers.