Dale Saip will be seeking re-election on the Delta school board.
The board of education’s longest serving trustee will be running on his own an independent in the upcoming municipal election, saying his views have always been as an advocate for the taxpayer.
Noting he’s the only member of the current board who has kids in the school system, he said he brings a lot of experience and a deep understanding of the system.
“If you look at the last six years, 10 years, and look at the money we’re spending then and spending now, it’s now considerably more,” Saip said.
“More money is being spent on education than ever before, but I know it’ll never be enough. I was a trustee during the Social Credit and the NDP and the Liberals and now this Green/NDP coalition, but it was never enough. We have to examine what would we like and what can we afford and I think I bring some reason to the board,” he said.
Saip noted the district’s innovative pursuit of additional revenues, including its academies, has been essential.
First elected to the Delta school board in 1987, Saip has served all but two terms over the past three decades. He was part of various slates over the years. In the 2014 election race he ran with Fabian Milat, who is not seeking re-election this year, on the REAL Delta ticket.
Saip, who also served as chair of the Delta school board, and his family are longtime residents of Delta. He is the vice-president of business development for the WHL Vancouver Giants. He also sits on several boards including the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.