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Members of the Racine Unified Board of Education Thursday will choose a new school board member to fill the vacancy left by Lisa Parham’s resignation last month.

Students from Voces de la Frontera and representatives from the teachers’ union held a small rally Wedensday outside central office to advocate for Guadalupe “Wally” Rendon to resume his seat on the board, a story in The Journal Times reads.

Rendon was appointed to the board in 2013, ran successfully for re-election in 2014 and then was unseated by Parham in the 2015 election.

A source close to both Voces and the union told Racine County Eye that Voces and the union feel Rendon is the right choice given his previous service and the need for more diversity on the board overall and because Rendon is Hispanic, specifically.

A total of 15 interested residents submitted their names for consideration:

  • Bryn Biemeck
  • Deborah Lynn Cappello
  • Nikki Fisher
  • Armintta Franklin
  • David Hall Jr.
  • Marlo Harmon
  • JoAnn Hattix
  • Kelly Highman
  • Larry Jones
  • Stephen Kalmar
  • John Koetz
  • Yasin Mahdi
  • Brian O’Connell
  • Guadalupe Rendón
  • Linda Thalacker

The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. at the district administration building, 3109 Mt. Pleasant Street, and the agenda calls for an interview of each of the candidates before a final selection. The successful candidate will be sworn in immediately.