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Perez, Wigt take CUSD board oaths
The Ceres School Board's newest members, Valli Wigt and Lourdes Perez, were sworn in last Thursday.

Re-elected trustees Mike Welsh and Betty Davis took the Oath of Office as well.

For the third straight election, Ceres voters sought change as two incumbents were defeated, including Teresa Guerrero and Edgar Romo.

Diane Sol and Yvette Nunes lost to Jim Kinard and Faye Lane in 2007, and Corinne Jones and Eileen Wyatt were unseated by Guerrero and Davis in 2005.

"Even with change, the commitment remains the same," said Welsh, the longest tenured member of the board. "We're all there for the right reason. We'll continue to do the right things for kids."

Welsh, Davis, Wigt and Perez will all serve four-year terms.

Valli defeated Teresa Guerrero by 244 votes (494-250) in Trustee Area 3 during the Nov. 3 election.

Lourdes posted a 109-vote victory (384-195) over Romo in Trustee Area 5.

Wigt's husband, Pete, and their son, Max, attended the swearing-in ceremony.

"I feel very honored to be part of the board," Valli said. "The other members have been very helpful. I feel like we're going to work well together."

Davis won her bid for a second term after beating Brian Kline in a closer-than-anticipated race (1,900-1,363) for the board's At-Large seat.

Welsh ran unopposed in District Area 2. An appointee to the Ceres School Board in 2004, Mike was elected a year later. Wife Maureen, and parents Gene and Bettye were on hand for last week's meeting.

"It was nice to see them there to support what I do," he said.

Welsh, Sol and Nunes completed the California School Boards Association's Masters in Governance program in 2005. It consisted of nine full days of training.

Davis, Lane, Kinard and Eric Ingwerson, and former trustees Guerrero and Romo also received CSBA certificates.

"It involves a lot of our own personal time," Mike said. "We all feel it's important."

Welsh takes a great deal of pride in being a board member for Ceres Unified.

"We're not following people," he said. "We're blazing our own trail."