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Racine Unified board President Melvin Hargrove isn’t giving any hints about who he’ll appoint to fill a vacant school board seat, but he said he will make that appointment Monday.

Gov. Scott Walker Friday signed into a law a bill that gives Hargrove the power to fill a seat left vacant afterLisa Parham resigned in June. Hargrove told The Journal Times that he hasn’t decided who he’ll choose, but he will have made up his mind Monday so the new board member can participate in a highly anticipated meeting Tuesday.

The Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday on at least three major issues; the 2016 budget, new election districts, and proposed raises for teachers and education assistants.

In a nutshell, the school board law gives Hargrove the power to fill Parham’s vacant seat after board members voted 35 times but couldn’t break a tie between former board member Wally Rendon and John Koetz. It also requires school boards to craft policies and procedures for filling seats in the event board members can’t make a decision.

After the April 2016 elections, the bill applies equally to RUSD and to other districts across the state.

The Board of Education meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 3109 Mt. Pleasant Street.


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