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Kudos, thanks given Sol, Nunes
Diane Sol and Yvette Nunes will be missed. Thursday night marked the end of their tenure as Ceres School Board members.

Jim Kinard and Faye Lane managed to unseat the two incumbents while newcomer Eric Ingwerson held onto his seat during the Nov. 6 election.

"It was an equal pleasure and joy for me to serve with both of them," said Mike Welsh, board president. "They were great board members to have. You could trust them. You could talk to them. You always knew they were doing what was right for the district. It's just a better place because of them. They really did care."

Kinard, a retired teacher, was the top vote-getter with 2,114 votes to cinch a trustee seat, while Lane collected 2,126 votes. Ingwerson, a real estate agent and former mayor, stayed on the board with 1,743 votes.

Sol lost her bid for re-election with 1,495 votes. Nunes, also a Westport area farmer, lost with 1,337 votes.

Kinard and Lane will be sworn in on Dec. 6.

"I've had conversations with both of them and it's been very positive," Welsh said of the incoming board members. "I think they're going to fit right in. They're both ready to work and do what they got elected to do."

Sol and Nunes filled seats on the Ceres Unified School Board of Trustees in 2003. They ran unopposed.

"Diane was probably the most dedicated board member I ever had the pleasure of serving with," commented Welsh. "That's a fact. She'd go to all the schools and look at the conditions. She attended everything."

"I really enjoyed watching the students learn and the new schools opening up," Sol said.

Nunes served with dignity and compassion, said Welsh.

"She cared about everyone, including the students, teachers and administrators," Welsh said. "It showed.

"Both of them got a lot to be proud of. They did make a difference in the lives of all of our kids."

At the end of last week's board meeting, the district paid tribute to Sol and Nunes with a photo slideshow accompanied by Louis Armstrong's song "What a Wonderful World."

Hanline and Welsh presented awards to Sol shortly afterwards. Nunes wasn't present.

"I'm glad I came," Diane said. "It was great. It was hard (not to get emotional)."

"Ceres Unified is a much better district because of those two ladies," board trustee Bill Berryhill said. "I will miss them dearly."