Trustees in Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant Tuesday will learn more about a proposed master education plan for Racine Unified, and each board will then consider a resolution supporting the plan.
Dominic Cariello, director of manufacturing and operations for the flow instrumentation group of Badger Meter Inc. and a member of Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, will make the presentation.
During his visit to the Caledonia Village Board March 2, Cariello outlined the idea to create a governing body who will craft a master plan patterned like the Nashville Academies Pathways model. The governing body is expected to include representatives from the governing boards, but the planning process will include bringing in parents, educators and civic groups.
Caledonia trustees voted 4-0 to support the idea, and Cariello said then that he expects most of the Racine Unified community to get behind the plan.
“Then we’re going to go to the Board of Education… and say we just passed these resolutions, we are going to have this master plan,” he said.
Racine Unified has looked at implementing a block schedule/academy model since Sept. 2014, but officially rolled out the plan in December. The model features academies that focus on business, engineering, arts and sciences and several pathways that students can choose. Students would have eight, 90-minute periods divided over the course of two days versus eight, 51-minute periods in a day. The new schedule would also allow for more electives.
Some teaching staff, students, and parents have voiced the need for the school district to gain more feedback from the community and staff before implementing it. Aaron Eick, president of the REA-REAA teachers’ union, criticized the district’s block scheduling/academy implementation plan saying that he would like to see the plan implemented in the 2017-2018 school year, not the 2016-2017 school year.
Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave was at the Caledonia meeting, and he said the plan is important to bring all the RUSD communities together, especially after Caledonia, Mount Pleasant, and Sturtevant sought to pull out of the Racine Unified School District. He stressed that the business community doesn’t think separate school districts are the answer.
“From the business community I heard that we need to solve this issue and get everyone on the same page and put to bed this other school district issue,” Delagrave told Caledonia trustees. “I just think it’s important to move on.”
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sturtevant Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 886-7200.