Breaking The Deadlock On The School Board
As many of you have heard, the Racine School Board has been struggling to fill a seat which has been vacant since Lisa Parham resigned more than two months ago. With the committee stuck in a deadlock and no resolution in sight, a lot of folks are asking what happens next. Unfortunately, state statute gives school board members the authority to fill a vacancy, but it does not provide any options should a board reach an impasse.
To address this issue, I recently offered a bill with Representative Weatherston that would allow the School Board president to fill a board vacancy if the position has been open for more than 60 days. The proposal would apply to all school boards except for Milwaukee.
In order to keep our schools at their best we need to have strong leadership, and I doubt anyone would argue that this type of stalemate is good for our community. I am hopeful that we will be able to pass the bill quickly this fall so the Racine Unified Board can get back to serving our schools and students.