I would like to correct misinformation which is being shared via campaign literature, robocalls and banner ads from Citizens for Excellence in Education.

I have had a good attendance record for board meetings – better than most board members, in fact. I don’t “stay home”.

On August 17, I sent out a press release regarding my reasons for not attending the meeting: I felt we were not following proper procedure on the issue of the handbook and that all board members should be in attendance on such an important matter. Two members were on vacation.

I attended the August 20 meeting with the impression that the staff wages would not be on the agenda. President Hargrove stated that he would take the issue off the agenda, then voted to keep it on at the last minute. I made a motion that we should defer the issue, but was voted down. I had no choice but to quietly leave. All of this can be verified in the Racine Journal Times of August 20, 2015.

I have not “failed the children of Racine Unified School District.” Academic scores have improved since 1998 when I started on the board: while some years have been flat, the general trend has been going up,. Graduation Rates have also improved I can not take full credit; the staff deserves credit as well I voted for all the budgets, except one. I worked and voted in favor of referendums for building three new schools and and two additions to another which one was voted for addition to ParK High School Automotive, where students have won national awards and compete with the world!

I have attended many sporting events, concerts and theater events. I have read to many classes of students. Last year, as chair of the Legislative Committee, I helped set up meetings with elected officials in Caledonia and Sturtevant. I have received the Wisconsin School Board Association’s Level 5 recognition reward – their highest level.. I did not do all the above by missing meetings. I went beyond meetings, I also have an excellent reputation for responding to emails and phone calls from constituents.

I agree that students in Unified deserve a quality education and I worked hard to make that a reality because Education is the key to success.

Racine Unified Mission: Educate Every Student To Succeed! Vote McKenna in District 4 April 5th.

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For my positions, see Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Julie_McKenna

According to Ballotpedia. the Racine Unified School board voted unanimously 84 percent of the time in 2015 – only 3 or 4 members voted in the minority on 12 votes . In 2014, the unanimous votes were at 96 percent.

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

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