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Cimbalnik Resigns; RUSD Seeks to Fill Board Vacancy

The Racine Unified School District (RUSD) is a seeking a community member to fill a board vacancy created by the resignation of school board member Amy Cimbalnik earlier this week. Cimbalnik, of Sturtevant, resigned via email after Monday’s RUSD Board of Education regular monthly meeting. She reportedly cited “personal reasons.” She could not be reached […]

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Photo: Racine Unified Board of Education Sworn In

The Racine Unified Board of Education officially took their seats Monday night after being sworn in at the district’s administrative offices on Mt. Pleasant Street. This is the first board seated after the state Legislature required the district re-organize into nine districts. Residents in the audience are reported to have given the new board members […]

Posted inGovernment, Elections

Letter to the Editor: Matt Hanser Asks for Vote for School Board

**This letter to the editor was submitted by Matthew Hanser, candidate for district #8 for the Racine Unified school board. I have lived in Caledonia for the last 10 years.  I am fortunate to send 2 children to RUSD schools.  Although I support RUSD, and I believe my children have received a wonderful education in […]

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School Board Combines 2 Ideas to Form Vacancy-Filling Process

How the Racine Unified Board of Education fills future vacancies is the result of combining two ideas into one. Board member Don Nielsen put forth a proposal Monday during a Governance Committee meeting that, in a nutshell, has the board choosing three random members to break any possible ties, a story in The Journal Times […]

Posted inElections, Government

Two Racine Unified Seats Heading for Primary, One is Unopposed

Candidates for two seats on the Racine Unified Board of Education will face a primary next month, and one seat is unopposed, according to nomination papers filed Tuesday with the district. Districts six and seven have four and three candidates, respectively. John Heckenlively, Ernest Ni’A, Jim Venturini, Bryn Biemeck will face off in District 6 while incumbent Don Nielsen, Adrienne Moore, […]

Posted inCommunity, Schools

Opinion: Hargrove Made the Wrong Choice

Racine Unified Board President Melvin Hargrove made the wrong choice this week when he appointed John Koetz to the district’s Board of Education. Instead of taking either Koetz or Wally Rendon – the two names between which current board members couldn’t decide despite 35 votes – Hargrove should have looked elsewhere. We have issues with […]

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Hargrove Names John Koetz To Racine Unified School Board

After the Racine Unified School District Board of Education failed to elect a ninth member, board president pastor Melvin Hargrove appointed John Koetz to the job. Koetz, a resident of Mount Pleasant, is the president of Joy Global Surface Mining Division. “I have appointed John because he is invested in our community and in our District,” […]

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School Board Starts Work Monday on Proposed Voting Districts

Only two current Racine Unified school board members would run against each other if the Board of Education accepts one of two proposed board redistricting maps required by state law for the April 2016 election. Members of the redistricting – or Apportionment – committee are presenting Monday two options to the school board they say equitably […]

Posted inElections, Government, Schools

Opinion: Take the 4th Place Vote Getter & Get Back to Business

**Editor’s Note: This column is the opinion of Racine County Eye Editor Heather Asiyanbi. The fact that the Racine Unified Board of Education has been unable to make up its collective mind on the person who will fill a vacant seat at the table should really make residents angry. Not only is the stalemate – […]

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