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After interviewing 15 interested residents for a vacancy on the Racine Unified Board of Education, current board members are deadlocked; both former school board member Wally Rendon and newcomer John Koetz.

Board members voted 25 times to try and break the tie, but remained at 4-4 for each candidate, a story in The Journal Times reads.

The vote took place because Lisa Parham resigned her seat last month after a past felony conviction surfaced, making her ineligible to retain her position.

District spokesperson Stacy Tapp told the newspaper that a new board member must be in place by July 8. A special board meeting will be scheduled with the required 24-hour notice.


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