Fresno Unified School District trustees chose a former teacher and parent of three children Wednesday evening to replace Tony Vang, who resigned in September after months of public scrutiny over allegations that he lived outside the school district.
Christopher De La Cerda, 47, will be sworn in at the board's Nov. 14 meeting to represent the McLane High area. He will serve until 2014.
De La Cerda said at the end of the three-hour special board meeting that he wants "to be able to communicate and to collaborate" with his fellow board members. But his appointment was anything but harmonious.
Two other applicants --Eluterio Escamilla, a Fresno State director of student support services, and Kay Bertken, a part-time Fresno State lecturer, received nominations that died in three-to-three deadlocks. A fourth applicant, Michael Falcon, a former Kings Canyon Unified School District trustee, was not nominated.
And the board was split on appointing a trustee at all, with Larry Moore and Michelle Asadoorian favoring a special election. Moore said the applicants should "earn it through an election of the voters." Asadoorian agreed, but withdrew her support for a motion by Moore to hold a special election, saying she had too many questions.