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 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.