Kennedy Named Menifee Union School District Superintendent

Steve Kennedy and retiring superintendent Dr. Linda Callaway Steve Kennedy was selected and introduc...

Steve Kennedy and retiring superintendent Dr. Linda Callaway
Steve Kennedy was selected and introduced as the new Menifee Union School District superintendent during a governing board meeting held Tuesday evening.

Kennedy will take over the position April 1 of next year, with a salary of $165,000. Kennedy has been assistant superintendent of the district since 2008.

"It should be a seamless transition," said Dr. Linda Callaway, who recently announced her retirement after having served six and a half years as superintendent. "It’s time for the next chapter of my life. It’s time to spend time with my family."

Kennedy will work closely with Callaway and undergo six months of training. Callaway and the governing board were involved in the appointment process since July.

"There were multiple components we looked at, such as the needs of our district and its culture," she said.

Kennedy’s qualifications matched what the district was looking for as a successor to Callaway. He is currently completing his doctorate in educational leadership. He has a master of science in education administration.

"This is an opportunity for me to progress and demonstrate my willingness to work with people as an educator," said Kennedy, who began teaching in 1989 in Chula Vista. He started out as principal in MUSD in 2005.

Over the years, Kennedy has held various positions at different school districts. He was once a GATE coordinator for Bonsall Union School District and a board member for a tutoring and support program for English as a second language students in Quail Valley. He has also worked with the San Diego Zoological Society in order to develop life science programs for children.

"I would love for the district to have greater ties to its resources," said Kennedy. “It’s all about the kids for me.”

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  1. “It’s all about the kids for me.” I sincerely hope that is true. Please do not cut the music, arts, or elective program from our schools. There may not be state tests to take in those subjects, but, in my opinion, they help nurture the whole child. I am happy for Mr. Kennedy and wish him the best of luck!

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