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177066bAfter the Racine Unified School District Board of Education failed to elect a ninth member, board president pastor Melvin Hargrove appointed John Koetz to the job.

Koetz, a resident of Mount Pleasant, is the president of Joy Global Surface Mining Division.

“I have appointed John because he is invested in our community and in our District,” said Hargrove. “He has a proven record of service that demonstrates his passion for education.”

Koetz is expected to be sworn in at a special school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and will serve in the position until April when all nine seats will come up for election.

“I believe he is a man of integrity who will not be afraid to make tough decisions in the best interest of our students.”

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill last week that allowed Hargrove to make the appointment. Co-sponsors state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, and Rep. Tom Weatherston, R-Caledonia, wrote the bill so that  Hargrove can immediately fill the open seat created when Lisa Parham resigned in June. The vacancy has created a deadlock on a number of issues, including the district’s employee handbook and compensation.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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