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39-year education veteran to run for School Board

Bill Kennedy held two superintendent positions in New York

Jack Weinstein

Bill Kennedy, a former superintendent for two school districts in New York, is running for the Steamboat Springs School Board.

— There will be a new face on the Steamboat Springs School Board after the November election.

And it could be Bill Kennedy, a native of Yonkers, N.Y.

The former superintendent of two school districts in New York, Kennedy, 64, said Wednesday he will run for a School Board seat.

Kennedy moved to Steamboat Springs in June 2005 after retiring the previous year. For 15 years before Kennedy moved to town, he visited his son, Craig, (the president of CK Consulting and co-founder of Access Anything, an organization that promotes adaptive sports and adventure travel for people with disabilities) to ski in Steamboat.

Bill Kennedy spent 39 years in education. He began as an elementary physical education teacher in Clinton, N.Y., before he moved up to the high school level where he spent nine years. Kennedy then was high school principal for 18 years in Glen Falls, N.Y. As superintendent, he spent two years in Potsdam, N.Y., and four years in Norwich, N.Y. Kennedy said he also served on the New York state curriculum committee for several years.

He’s expressed interest in an education role in Steamboat before. Kennedy was one of three finalists two years ago for interim superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District, a position later given to Sandra Smyser.

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“It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” Kennedy said about running for the School Board. “And I happen to be in the same district as a board member who’s not running. So, I thought, ‘Why not?’ I feel like if I can contribute to the community, that would be great.”

No one has announced an intention to oppose Kennedy for the District 1 seat occupied by John DeVincentis, the former longtime principal of Strawberry Park Elementary School. DeVincentis said earlier this month that he would not seek re-election. Denise Connelly, who occupies the District 3 seat that also is up for election in November, has said she will run for re-election.

As of Thursday afternoon, no one else had expressed interest in either seat, said Anne Muhme, the district’s election official. Candidates have until 4 p.m. Aug. 28 to return petitions with signatures of 50 registered voters to Muhme.

Kennedy, who is married to Barb (Kennan) Kennedy, a former Soda Creek Elementary School teacher, said he doesn’t have a specific agenda or platform. Kennedy said he’s looking forward to the possibility of getting back into education.

“I guess I never lost the urge to be involved in education,” Kennedy said.

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