Thursday, January 3, 2013
Two of three incumbents are interested in keeping their seats on the Racine Unified School District's Board of Education.
It's official; we have contested races for three open seats on the Racine Unified School District's Board of Education. District spokesperson Stacy Tapp confirmed with Patch Thursday that 10 RUSD residents have turned in the necessary paperwork to run for the Board. Sue Kutz, Julie McKenna and Chris Eperjesy are all up for re-election. Of the three incumbents, Kutz was the only Board member to not seek re-election. She has been on the Board since 2004. Having such a full field of candidates means district residents will choose the top six vote-getters in a primary sometime in February. The general election is Tues., April 2. Here is the list of candidates for Racine Unified School District Board of Education, in alphabetical order: Cecilia…
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Search Committee hopes to wrap up search by May 25.
Want to read more about this topic? "Like" this article on Facebook. If we get 10 or more "likes" on a story, we'll know to follow-up. The Racine Unified Board of Education will request proposals from seven different firms for its superintendent search process. The board unanimously approved the criteria for that search at a business meeting held Monday, Oct. 17. The board focused its recruitment process by approving a search type, timeline, response for proposal and proposal distribution list. The timeline calls for proposals to be submitted by Nov. 18, for a firm to be selected by Dec. 5 and for the board to approve the firm on or before Dec. 12. Initial proposal requests will be distributed to BWP & Associates, Cascade Consulting Group…
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
“This survey reinforced what we already knew and highlighted areas that we need to work on and improve,” said Stacy Tapp, RUSD Director of Communications.
Parents and community members generally gave average ratings to the quality of Racine Unified School District education in its 2011 community survey. Yet those same constituents agree half or less than half the time that there are adequate opportunities to express concerns about important issues – or that those concerns will be taken seriously. Findings of the survey – conducted March 15 through April 8 – were presented to the School Board’s Communications Committee on Sept. 19. The survey was distributed via email and available online-only. “This survey reinforced what we already knew and highlighted areas that we need to work on and improve,” said Stacy Tapp, RUSD Director of Communications. “We’re committed to having a two-way dialogue …
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
But the proposal also recommends hiring 40 teachers.
Administrators with Racine Unified School District unveiled a proposal to the Board of Education that would offset a $7.5 million hole in their budget. According to a story by the Racine Journal Times, the plan relies on a number of retirements and axing educational assistants and teachers, but at the end of the day the district will likely hire 40 teachers and they would skip putting $1 million into the district's rainy day fund. Unified plans to cut 125 positions Click here to read the district’s official statement.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Budget, maintenance projects and personnel changes to be discussed.
Editor's note: The agenda for the meeting is located in the photo gallery section under PDFs. The Racine Unified School District Board of Education will meet at a different location next Monday—the Park High School Fieldhouse, 1901 12th St. Board members are scheduled to take a guided tour of the remodeled fieldhouse at 5 p.m. followed by an executive session at 5:30 p.m. The regular April School Board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. The Park fieldhouse reopened earlier this year after a $3.3 million renovation project that included replacing the floor, constructing a women’s locker room, a new press box and relocating the weight room. The projects were funded through a 2008 referendum that will spend $16.5 million on facilities maintenance …
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Dennis Wiser, a retired teacher, said to address the achievement gap, you need to support teachers by hiring instructional coaches.
Caledonia Patch begins its Racine Unified School District Board of Education election coverage this week with profiles of the five candidates competing for three positions. Each of the candidates were interviewed individually and asked to comment on identical questions. The candidates’ responses will appear over the next few days. Three incumbents and two challengers are seeking three-year terms on the board. Members are elected at-large to the nine-member School Board, which sets policy for RUSD—the state’s fourth largest school district. Dennis Wiser, 60, of 2517 Pinehurst Ave., Racine, has a long history with the Racine Unified School District. He was a high school math teacher for 28 years, including 10 years as math department …
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Move will save the district thousands of dollars over the next five years.
The Racine Unified School Board voted unanimously to join 10 other school districts in the Wisconsin eSchool Network, a cooperative venture that provides online courses for middle and high school students. The arrangement will cost $200,000 to be paid over five years. Kelly Pochop, who joined the district in December as virtual learning administrator, said the membership would cost less and provide more options for students and their families. The District has been paying $300 per student for each online course provided through the Wisconsin Virtual School, he said. The network is expected to provide access to more than 50 courses at a cost of about $35 per student per course. In addition, the network will be able to provide training to …
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Board will consider whether to adopt a map proposed by the transportation department.
Parents with children who attend public schools in Caledonia and ride the bus may want to take note of an upcoming discussion about transportation issues. The Racine Unified School District Board of Education on Monday will consider an Unusually Hazardous Map Plan that includes parts of Caledonia and Wind Point. The School Board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the RUSD Administrative Service Center, 2220 Northwestern Ave. According to a memo and map prepared by Transportation Supervisor Patrick Starken, students who live in unusual hazardous areas are exempted from the district’s policy of not providing transportation if they live less than two miles from their school. In Caledonia, the unusual hazardous areas include 4 Mile Road east of …