Education

June 19, 2014

Sacramento City school district takes no action on selecting superintendent

The Sacramento City Unified School District board took no formal action Thursday night on the scheduled selection of a new superintendent.

The Sacramento City Unified School District board took no formal action Thursday night on the scheduled selection of a new superintendent.

The board had been expected to appoint a finalist to the top job in a closed-door meeting and then, in open session, announce the selection and publicly vote to ratify the contract.

But that plan - announced a week ago - appeared unlikely when board President Patrick Kennedy said a few hours before the meeting that he would ask trustees to delay the hiring vote.

“What it came down to is the board wanted to make sure they are making a fully informed decision,” Kennedy said before the meeting.

No hiring announcement followed the closed session. But Kennedy in open session delayed a vote on the employment contract to the next regularly scheduled meeting, July 17. By state law, any vote on the superintendent hiring cannot occur outside a regularly scheduled meeting.

The district has been without a permanent superintendent since Jonathan Raymond departed the district in December 2013. Sara Noguchi, a former teacher, principal and district administrator, has served in the top job in an interim capacity since Raymond left.

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