The Fresno Unified School District board welcomed its newest member, Christopher De La Cerda, in a brief swearing-in ceremony Wednesday evening.
De La Cerda, 47, was appointed by trustees last week to fill the McLane High area seat. He replaces Tony Vang, who resigned in September after a months-long controversy over whether Vang lived in the McLane High area.
In taking his seat at the dais, De La Cerda, a former teacher, said he was thankful for the opportunity to serve the community. "I hope to do so with dignity, integrity and with the voice of the community," he said.
At the time of his appointment, Eva Ruiz, president of the Fresno Teachers Association, and Mai Summer Vue, an elementary teacher, voiced objections, saying people in the community should have the right to fill the seat by special election.
On Tuesday, county schools and elections officials said they had received inquiries about a challenge to the appointment, but Ruiz and Vue said they had not made them.