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Abercrombie Renominates De Lima to Board of Education

April 2, 2013, 11:44 AM HST
* Updated April 2, 4:26 PM
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie has renominated Hilo attorney Brian De Lima to the state Board of Education.

De Lima, a former chairman of the Hawaii County Council, was appointed to two-year term as the Big Island’s representative in 2009, when voters changed the board’s makeup from elected to appointed positions.

De Lima is currently the board’s vice-chairman.

The nine members of the board serve staggered terms, and Abercrombie has now nominated De Lima for a three-year term to expire June 30, 2016.

De Lima has a unique perspective on the board, having served as the board’s first student member in 1972.

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De Lima told Big Island Now that he considers it an honor to serve on the board.

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“It’s the best work I’ve ever done in terms of community service,” he said.

The nomination is subject to confirmation by the Senate, which is expected to schedule a hearing on the matter before the Committee on Education later this month.

***Updated at 4:30 p.m.***

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