After a Record 65 Years, Cederquist Retiring from School Board

The longest-serving school-board member in the nation is retiring.

For 65 years, Delbert Cederquist has served on one local school board or another. He has been a member of the Fresno County Office of Education board since 1994.

“There comes a time. I’m 86 and it’s time,” Cederquist said from his farm 10 miles south of Fresno. He plans to continue growing a variety of grapes and spend more time with his family.

School politics has changed in his six-and-half-decades serving on school boards. He was just 21 when he was first elected to the University Colony School Board in 1953.

“I’m not sure I’m going to miss it. The atmosphere has changed a lot,” he said.

When Cederquist started, he said local districts imposed and spent property taxes. Now, that goes to the state and funnels back locally.

“We have a Legislature and everyone thinks they are an educator,” Cederquist laments.

Last summer, the FCOE Foundation honored Cederquist at its annual gala for his dedication to advancing education and helping students realize their potential in academics.

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