Just days before candidate filings close, things have gotten interesting in the Sacramento City Unified Area 6 school board race (covering the Greenhaven/Pocket area, and including Kennedy High School, Sam Brannan Middle School and six elementary schools).
It's now a vacant seat. The district sent out a news release this afternoon, headlined: "SCUSD Board of Education Vice President Roy Grimes will not seek re-election." He is leaving to "pursue other interests including teaching graduate-level business courses and the ministry."
Less than an hour earlier, Darrel Woo, a former City of Sacramento planning commissioner, announced that he would run for the seat with Grimes' endorsement.
Woo is a Class of 1970 graduate of Kennedy High School and earned a law degree from Lincoln Law School in 1993. His daughter graduated from Kennedy High School in 2002.
As the district heads in a new direction, I want to make sure the decisions being made are in the best interest of our children. I have "in the classroom" teaching experience and want to apply that knowledge when making decisions on the board. Teachers must have the resources they need to provide the best education for our children. At the same time, administrators must be held accountable for ensuring our teachers are prepared to provide a quality education.
In this now-vacant seat, two candidates have jumped in: Woo and Robert Bartron. (See the July 27 blog entry on him.)
Any other takers? Candidate filings close Friday.