The Ceres Unified School District board of trustees this week appointed Edgar Romo to fill an upcoming vacancy on the board created by the resignation of Bill Berryhill.
Berryhill will step down to concentrate on his campaign to replace Greg Aghazarian as the 26th District assemblyman. The board meeting on May 15 will be Berryhill's last.
Berryhill, 50, a Republican, is a wine-grape and walnut farmer who lives in Ceres and also owns property in Stockton and Clements.
Romo, 34, is a chiropractor with the Hill Center for Interactive Medicine in Modesto. He said he came to the United States from Mexico City at age 14 in 1988. He said being chosen for the board would be his chance "to give back to the community."
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Romo will take his oath of office June 21. He said he hopes to run again in November 2009 when his appointed term expires.
"I see myself as a critical link between the community and board," said Romo, adding that he would work to reduce class size to 20 students.
With that goal in mind, Romo said, "Every student should reach the highest academic standards to graduate."
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