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In Memoriam

Ron Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of School Services of California, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 17. Ron was an icon in the school governance and finance community. His passing is a deep loss to the California education community.
FCMAT is successful in great part because of the partners we have and the company we keep. Just a few days ago Ron was with the FCMAT team working in a district. The weekend before, Ron modeled interviewing skills and imparted wisdom with the members of Cohort 14 of the FCMAT CBO Mentor program. He stayed through the day to celebrate with the class their graduation from the year-long program.
SSC has a long rich history. With Ron at the helm, the employee owned company has continued to grow and prosper as the state’s premier school consulting firm. While the SSC family is in deep sorrow, there is no doubt that Ron has left behind a strong foundation that will continue to thrive and serve districts. SSC is one of FCMAT’s greatest partners in the work we do together. For that we are grateful and it enables us to have a greater positive impact on our industry.
Ron served with distinction as a U.S. Air Force officer before transitioning to leadership roles in two of California’s largest districts. From there, he moved on to School Services of California.
Ron was a mentor to many at FCMAT. Ron’s wisdom, ability to communicate and share that knowledge, his sense of humor and his friendship will be deeply missed.
All of us at FCMAT extend our sincere condolences to Ron’s family, and our colleagues at School Services of California.

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