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The Racine Unified Board of Education last week approved a process for filling board vacancies if members are ever deadlocked over an appointment.

In short, the board president – a seat currently held by Mike Frontier – will not vote during deliberations and will instead cast the vote to break a tie.

The governance committee drafted the measure and voted to recommend it to the full board which then voted unanimously to approve it.

BOE members had until July 1 to draft and adopt a procedure to fill board vacancies after Gov. Scott Walker last fall signed into a law a bill that requires school boards to craft policies and procedures for filling seats in the event board members can’t make a decision.

The law was an answer in part to the board’s inability to break 35 tie votes last spring to fill a board vacancy created when Lisa Parham resigned.