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Now that the Academies of Racine curriculum has launched, Racine Unified is asking the community for feedback on how to best to introduce new plans for excellence in district middle schools.

“We are now shifting our focus to transforming our middle schools. Our goal is to ensure that every RUSD middle school provides an excellent educational experience for students and that parents in RUSD have great middle school choices,” a news release from the district reads.

RUSD community members will receive an email Thursday inviting them to participate in the survey. For those who don’t get the email, they can request an invitation by visiting

Through online engagement tool, Thoughtexchange, district officials hope to learn what’s most important to parents, students, staff and faculty when it comes to middle school education.

Unified spokesperson Stacy Tapp told The Journal Times that the district wants middle school students to start thinking about their futures beyond high school.

“We want to look at how we can expose them to different career opportunities,” she is quoted as saying.

The online survey will be open until Sept. 18, and results will be released later this fall.