The Northeastern school board named a district graduate its newest board member last week.

Connie Koerner, 66, of Manchester will hold the seat through November. To hold the seat beyond that point, she'll have to run in next year's municipal election.

There was a vacant seat on the board because of the resignation of Albert Byrnes. His resignation was prompted by the board's Nov. 19 vote not to renew the contract of Superintendent Jody Nace, who continues to work with the district.

Board member Vanessa Snell expressed her enthusiasm and confidence in Koerner's ability to serve on the board.

After graduating from Northeastern High School in 1964, Koerner received a bachelor's degree from Goucher College and a master's degree in social work from Boston University.

Her professional career included positions at the East Boston Drug Treatment Center and with U.S. Public Health Services in Albuquerque, N.M.

She then worked for the University of New Mexico School of Medicine for 26 years. There, she was involved with consultation services, pediatric pulmonary care and adolescent and geriatric inpatient services.

Koerner said she decided to accept the board appointment because education "is one of the most important things we can do in this country."