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County Board of Education names new trustee

Deane to fill unexpired term for district that includes parts of Alamo

The Contra Costa County Board of Education appointed Christine Deane as its newest board trustee last Wednesday.

A longtime educator and Lafayette resident, Deane will represent parts of Alamo as well as Crockett, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Port Costa and Rodeo and parts of Concord, Martinez, Pacheco, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Richmond and Walnut Creek.

"I welcome the opportunity to serve the community by working for its students as a trustee on the Contra Costa County Board of Education," Deane said in a statement. "I am confident that I am a good fit for the board because I have spent my entire career developing skills, which are needed to do the job well."

Deane was one of five candidates interviewed by the board members Wednesday night as part of their effort to fill the unexpired term of former Area 2 trustee Ellen Elster, who died unexpectedly in March. The seat will be up for election in November.

Now retired, Deane was a teacher for 34 years, mainly at Contra Costa County public schools. She also served in other educational roles, including as an adviser, mentor, committee member and representative.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in family relations and child development from Syracuse University in New York and completed a Master of Science degree in correctional counseling from Chapman University, based in Orange County. She has also earned a number of credentials and certifications.

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