Monday, September 24, 2012
Administrators with the Racine Unified School District will hold the state of the district address on Oct. 9.
Racine Unified Superintendent Ann Laing, and special guests Racine mayor John Dickert and United Way of Racine County president David Maurer will give the state of the district address at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Wadewitz Elementary School, 2700 Yout St., in the newly remodeled library. The address will be just after a 4:30 p.m. celebration honoring SC Johnson and all those who contributed to the completion of the new Wadewitz Library. Wadewitz Elementary was the grand prize winner during last year’s Racine Reads: Dream Big! initiative that challenged Racine students to read 1 million books.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Turning down $810 million for high-speed rail and not honoring the state's contract with Talgo is killing job creation in the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. Focusing so heavily on roadways is a "path to nowhere," Racine Mayor John Dickert said.
According to Talgo executives, Racine Mayor John Dickert and Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines, the short-sightedness of the Gov. Walker and the Republican-led legislature is killing job creation in the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. More, the lack of cost-effective and efficient mass and commuter transit is leaving Wisconsin and the country behind the rest of the developed world. The group met today on the tracks of what used to be the Northwestern Rail line in Racine to talk about how important trains are to the present and future of the region. While the tracks aren't used for passenger trains any longer, freight trains regularly use the line now owned by Union Pacific. Dickert specifically pointed out how Walker's continued …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
“We have been doing some right things, and we need to continue to do some right things,” said Dr. Ann Laing, interim superintendent for Racine Unified.
More than 100 Racine Unified teachers and community stakeholders gathered on Oct. 11 for the district’s fifth-annual State of the District Address. It was those community members that Interim Superintendent Dr. Ann Laing singled out as the most important partner for the district moving forward. Racine Mayor John Dickert echoed those thoughts in remarks he delivered to attendees. “In the city of Racine, we focus on partnerships and we focus on working together,” Dickert said. “One of the first things that Dr. Laing did was she came in and met with me, and said, ‘How are we going to work together to create a better Racine?’” The district remains committed to embracing the North Star vision for its students, as well as data-driven, student-…
Monday, October 10, 2011
State representatives and Congressman Paul Ryan participated in a Q & A with local businesses, but not much business beyond taxes was actually discussed.
The Racine County Economic Forum was supposed to have been an informative discussion between local business owners and our elected officials. Instead, the event held Oct. 10 at the Racine Marriott turned into partisan sound bites about the tax code. To be fair, it wasn't totally the fault of the panelists since not one business owner actually got up to ask a question. The person who came closest was Jackie Barkow from Racine Area Manufacturers And Commerce (RAMAC). She specifically asked about incentives to help small businesses. State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) explained his bill for the bioscience industry, saying that by using payroll taxes to reinvest in the businesses - and expecting those companies to put up matching funds - …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Christopher Ruud of Sturtevant-based Ruud Lighting is the 2011-2012 fundraising campaign chairman.
Using his love of racing to frame the new United Way campaign year, Christopher Ruud at Ruud Lighting helped kick off the new fundraising effort on Sept. 8. The organization has an ambitious goal, asking for $5.25 million, a five percent increase over the 2010 goal, which United Way didn't meet. "This is our largest campaign ever," said Dave Mauer, United Way executive director. "We were short of our goal, but I think we'll make it this year." Ruud echoed the sentiment. "I actually have two goals with this campaign," he explained. "I want to increase giving by five percent to meet the goal that Dave has set. But I also want to increase participation by five percent." Saying he understands that not everyone can afford to give money to …