The Pasco School Board appointed Ruben Peralta as its newest member Tuesday.
He is the owner of Ruben Peralta Insurance Agency in Pasco. He has two children who attend Pasco schools.
He moved to Pasco from Mexico when he was 14 and graduated from Pasco High in 1983.
He worked as a teacher's aide in Pasco from 1984-89 and as a bilingual teacher at McLoughlin Middle School from 1992-96. He moved to Portland for 10 years but recently returned to Pasco.
Peralta is a member of the Benton/Franklin United Way Board of Directors.
He was named to board position No. 1, formerly filled by Pete Felsted, who resigned Jan. 25 for personal reasons.
After interviewing three candidates, the board chose Peralta to serve out Felsted's term, which ends in December.
Peralta will have to run in the November election if he wants to continue to serve on the board.