Kennedy steps down as Sacramento City schools trustee

Patrick Kennedy will step down Friday as trustee and president of the Sacramento City Unified School District board as he awaits his new post on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

Gabe Ross, spokesman for the school district, said First Vice President Darrel Woo is in line to take Kennedy’s place as school board president for the balance of this year.

Kennedy has represented the school district’s south neighborhoods, Area 7, since 2008. He was nearly midway through his second four-year term when he ran a successful June campaign for District 2 county supervisor, receiving 84 percent of the vote. He will replace Supervisor Jimmie Yee, who is retiring.

Kennedy will not be sworn in to the Board of Supervisors until January, but his Sacramento City Unified departure Friday allows the district to place his board seat on the November ballot along with other general election races.

“He kept his position as long as he could but still allowed us to put that position on the ballot for November, which saved them a lot of money,” said Jill LaVine, Sacramento County registrar of voters. She said a special election to instead fill the vacancy next March would have cost the school district between $89,000 and $123,000.

The filing period for candidates in the November ballot closes at 5 p.m. Friday.

Kennedy submitted his school board resignation June 12, but LaVine said he deferred his departure to Friday to minimize the time that the Area 7 seat would be vacant. Under state law, a school trustee must leave within 60 days of filing a resignation.

Candidates to fill Kennedy’s seat will vie to complete the final two years of his school board term. Three other Sacramento City Unified seats are on the ballot for complete four-year terms.