Ron Bennett remembered as skilled negotiator, mentor, and friend

Ron Bennett, the chief executive officer of Sacramento-based School Services of California, Inc., and mentor for many school executives during the two decades that he ran the state’s largest school district consulting firm, died on March 17. Bennett, 71, became ill while on a flight to Sacramento from Los Angeles, after an all-day review of financially troubled Inglewood Unified.

Colleagues will remember Bennett for his business acumen, financial expertise, negotiating skills and friendship. Thousands of school district administrators will remember Bennett for his crisp and cogent remarks opening School Services’ yearly presentations across the state on the proposed and final state budgets.

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