AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventVillon and Maciel could not be reached for comment. Alvidrez was appointed last October to fill a vacancy created by the death in August of longtime board member Raul Salcido. The board appointed Alvidrez to avoid the estimated $145,000 cost of a special election. But residents collected 600 signatures necessary to force the special election. Alvidrez said after the election it was good to be back but unfortunate the district had to spend the money on the election. PICO RIVERA – Delia Alvidrez, 66, an appointee to the El Rancho Unified School District Board, served only two months before her appointment was challenged and a special election was ordered. The special election was held Tuesday and Alvidrez beat two other candidates by a wide margin and will be restored to her seat. She received 1,012 votes or nearly 50 percent of the total vote Tuesday, beating out Aurora Villon, who received 625 votes, and Allan Maciel, with 406 votes. She will be sworn in at the April 27 school board meeting. “All of this could have been avoided since I was already appointed,” she said. “I guess in the long run the community proved the board made the right decision in the first place.” Alvidrez said she will now work on resolving district problems that were debated during the campaign, including failing schools and uncredentialed teachers and administrators. “I have long been part of educating the children here and now I want to work toward schools doing well and children being empowered to be ready for the world,” she said. Alvidrez spent her early years in Buenos Aires, moving to California at age 19 to study at UCLA. She moved to Pico Rivera in 1961. With three children attending district schools, she served as a parent volunteer and then an instructional aid. Meanwhile, she earned a bachelor’s degree and two teaching credentials from Cal State Fullerton in the 1970s. Her first teaching job was at Valencia Elementary School. She went on to work as a resource teacher at South Ranchito Elementary and and earn a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and administrative credential from Azusa Pacific University. She ended her career with the district as a principal at South Ranchito. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of educating the children here and now I will continue making El Rancho a better place,” she said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!