Since Caledonia voted 2,481 to 2,372 in April to approve an advisory referendum to start pursuing an independent school district, some parents that are for the independent school district have voiced frustration that the village board has yet to move forward with a feasibility study.
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But by no means is a potential divorce from the Racine Unified School District a done deal. As it stands now, Racine Unified would need to give its blessing to Caledonia to separate from the district. The group behind forming the independent school district wants state Legislators to change the law to allow communities to separate from unified school districts if they choose to through a referendum.
But village president Bob Bradley said that after having several meetings with state Legislators, he’s doubtful that the law change will make it into the state budget.
“Then why spend the money?” Bradley said.
However, Scott Kelly, spokesperson for Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) said in an interview last month that if they aren’t able to get the provision into the state budget, there’s still a possibility that a bill could be drafted in the fall.
A change in state law would apply to any school district in the state that wanted to dissolve its relationship with a unified school district. The rule change would also allow school districts to join a unified school district if it was possible to do so and the communities wanted to support such an arrangement.
The special village board meeting, which will be held at the East Side Community Center located at 6156 Douglas Avenue, will allow board members to vote as to how to proceed knowing that the provision won’t be in the state budget.
Meanwhile Bradley has met with Racine Unified School District Board of Education president Melvin Hargrove. Bradley hopes to put together a meeting with the Racine Unified School District Board of Education and the Caledonia village board to help improve the relationship between Caledonia parents and RUSD.