The Bend La Pine School Board has picked Cheri Helt to be its newest School Board member. She will replace Wells Ashby who was elected to be a Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge. Helt owns Zydeco Restaurant in downtown Bend. As a mother of three and also a business owner, she believes she will bring a unique perspective to the School Board. Helt says her priority will be to work with state lawmakers to increase school budgets back to 2005 levels. She will fill the seat until the May election.