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**Updated 10 p.m. June 21 A complaint involving Racine Unified Superintendent Lolli Haws was determined to be without merit. The Journal Times is reporting that an investigation by the Kenosha County Human Services Department’s Division of Children and Family Services concluded and states the complaint that Haws abused a student while serving as a substitute teacher was “unsubstantiated.” The complaint involved a child or children at Knapp Elementary, but authorities with the school district and Kenosha wouldn’t give out any additional details, according to an earlier story in The Journal Times. “I can’t provide any comment because this is an open investigation,” RUSD spokesperson Stacy Tapp said. The RUSD Board of Education met in closed session last month to discuss a “personnel matter.” Board President Dennis Wiser released this statement, which he said was crafted during the meeting: “At this time, we are unable to provide any further information regarding a pending investigation related to Superintendent Haws. Please know that we will ensure that a full and fair investigation is completed and that the best interest of all Racine Unified students is our first priority.” Teachers union President Jennifer Levie wouldn’t confirm for the newspaper when the incident may have occurred or what is alleged to have happened. “Our members have been asking me about the situation at Knapp and the district has confirmed that they are looking into what happened that day. I have communicated to the School Board president that the REA is concerned about the safety of our children, and I asked him to oversee any investigation to ensure due process,” she is quoted by the newspaper. The complaint was filed originally with Racine County Human Services, but authorities there turned the matter over to Kenosha to avoid any potential conflict of interest. Knapp Principal Chelsia Stallworth never issued a statement about the alleged incident, and Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig said last week the matter is considered closed.

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