The former principal of Incline Middle School has been appointed to the Washoe County School Board of Trustees for the remainder of the year.
The school board voted unanimously late Tuesday night to appoint Sharon Kennedy as the District A trustee, replacing Scott Kelley who resigned last month. Kennedy was among 13 people who applied for the position, and the board interviewed four candidates during a meeting that spanned seven hours.
The shakeup followed a story published by This Is Reno detailing multiple allegations in divorce filings, including that Kelley placed a GPS tracking device on his wife’s vehicle and was having an affair. The court records also allege that Kelley was operating fake social media accounts, one of which defended the school district and trustees.
Kelley’s resignation came shortly before the end of his term, but his school board career may not be over. The District A seat is on the November ballot, meaning Kennedy will serve until the winner of that election begins in January.
Kelley is running for re-election against Scott Church, a retired Reno Police Department sergeant. Church had applied to be the replacement trustee, but the board did not select him for an interview Tuesday night.
After his resignation, Kelley sent the Reno Gazette-Journal a statement saying he was resigning so the “final months of my divorce don't distract the amazing staff at Washoe County School District.” But he’s letting voters make the final call in the upcoming election.
“My name will remain on the ballot in November and I’m hopeful my constituents in District A will consider the facts and circumstances surrounding disclosure of the false and inflammatory allegations when casting their vote,” he wrote in his statement to the RGJ.
Kennedy, a registered nurse before becoming an educator, served on the Washoe County School District’s Reopening Task Force this spring.
“Upon hearing of the resignation of the Trustee for my district, I realized that I likely possessed significant knowledge of the workings of schools and WCSD to be of assistance for the limited amount of time remaining on this term,” she wrote in her application. “In short, I want to help during this very difficult period for my community and our district.”