Kevin Cronin, one of the candidates for the Racine Unified Board of Education will no longer campaign for the job.
Even though his name will still be on the ballot, Cronin said he just got a second shift job and he won't be able to do attend meetings. Here's what he had to say in his press release:
According to the 14th Annual Comparative Analysis of the Racine Unified School District, only 79% of Seniors graduate. That number is only 66% for Hispanics and 53% for Blacks. RUSD has the highest habitual truancy rate, dropout rate and expulsion rate. 54% of students enrolled in RUSD are minorities yet there is only one minority on the Board of Education.
As a product of the RUSD and a minority I was appalled by these numbers. So I decided to run for schoolboard. The current Board has obviously been irresponsible with our tax dollars, over spending millions on a new office building instead of putting it in the classrooms.
It is definitely time for a change.
I am on the ballot for the February 21st primary. However, I have recently taken a new position with a company and will be working on second shift. Since the Board meetings and Committee meetings take place during hours I'll be working, I won't be able to attend them.
It would not be fair to the students, the constituents or the other candidates for me to run for an office that I wouldn't be able to properly represent.
It is too late to have my name removed from the ballot, so I am asking people to please don't cast a vote for me but instead cast your votes for Scott Brownell, Brian Dey, and Roger Pfaust. It is time for a change, give the kids in our community a chance for a better life.
I would also encourage parents, students, and teachers to attend RUSD schoolboard meetings. And I also would like to encourage the community to attend RUSD sports events, concerts and plays. There are many great programs out there and they are inexpensive to attend. There are also many fundraisers for these programs so please do your part to help the students in the RUSD.