About Thomas

About Thomas

I was first elected to the School Board in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. I served as Chairman of the School Board in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 and was elected Vice-Chairman for 2017-2018.

I relocated to Citrus County, Florida in 1989 from Stoneham, Massachusetts. While volunteering at Crystal River Middle School in 1990, I met his wife who had just begun teaching at CRMS and we later married in 1992. My wife and I have lived in the Central Ridge area of Citrus for 24 years.  We have two children who have spent their entire academic life in our Citrus public schools, one that has just recently graduated high school and is a freshman at Florida Institute of Technology, and the other that is a freshman in our high school.

For over 20 years I worked in most aspects of the construction and real estate businesses from site selection, feasibility studies, land acquisition, residential and commercial design and on-site construction supervision. In 1999 my business partner and I formed a small new home development company, Roken Development, Inc. and we began developing speculative homes on properties in the Central Ridge and Pine Ridge Estates areas of Citrus County. In the last several years we have developed and sold over 50 homes in Pine Ridge Estates alone. I, personally, have been responsible for construction scheduling, bank reconciliations, payroll, quarterly tax filings and the handling of accounts payable and accounts receivable. In 2005 our company expanded to become a full construction company, Roken Construction, Inc. and I took over all site management of our construction projects.

Although my background is in the private sector, I also have an understanding of the workings of the public school system as I have been personally exposed to the schools systems through involvement in the School Advisory Enhancement Council, and also have been indirectly aware of many of the schools goals, issues and problems by being married for 27 years to a teacher in the Citrus County School District. As a result of this combination, it has provided me a unique insight into the needs of the private sector as well as the challenges the public school system faces.

On the Citrus County School Board, I currently serve and represent the Citrus School Board on the ESE/START Committee, Pupil Progression Plan for high Schools Committee, High School Directions Committee, District Technology Committee, District Technology Directions Committee, Consultant Continuing Contract Selection Committee and the Florida School Board Assocation’s Legslative Committee. I have also served on the Citrus County School Year Calendar 2013-2017 Committee, Pupil Progression Plan for Elementary Schools Committee, District Subject Based Acceleration Committee, HRMD Committee and State Representative Task Force on Career & Technology Education.

Thomas Kennedy is a USA Swimming
Certified swim coach who volunteers hours several days a week for the children
and teens of Citrus

In addition to being elected to the Citrus County School Board, I have always been involved in community service. I currently service on the Board of Citrus Harvest/Citrus Blessings, Citrus LifeSouth Blood Bank Community Board, Citrus Community Board at Capital City Bank and the Sun Coast Swim Team.  I have also had the pleasure of working with children out of school as I am a certified USA Swimming Coach.

As a dyslexic (a person with a learning disability), I know first-hand the challenges that students with learning disabilities face and can appreciate what teachers of students with learning disabilities must do to best assist those students in being successful.  Technology became a great tool in helping myself and others with more serious disabilities. Today technology plays a big part of my life. I am constantly reading up on the newest in technology and keeping my skills fresh to the point my wife and friends affectionately nicknamed me, “Techno Thom”.