Frontier, McKenna and Eperjesy elected in RUSD race

2013-04-02T20:42:00Z 2013-12-18T13:07:09Z Frontier, McKenna and Eperjesy elected in RUSD raceLINDSAY FIORI lindsay.fiori@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE — A Racine Unified School Board newcomer netted the most votes Tuesday, getting elected alongside two incumbents, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting.

Michael Frontier, a retired Racine educator, got 9,314 votes, a total that surpassed the votes for the two incumbents in the race: Julie McKenna and Christopher Eperjesy. McKenna got 9,035 votes and Eperjesy got 8,428.

Meanwhile, candidate Robert Wittke Jr. got 6,817, Roger Pfost got 5,615 and Kristie Formolo got 5,237, according to unofficial results.

“I think people are looking for change, are looking for a more effective school system,” Frontier said to explain the voters who turned out for him. “They want to see the graduation rate improve so kids will stay here and be contributing to make Racine a beacon.

“I’m overwhelmed with the great support from the community,” continued Frontier, 70, of Racine, who works with students at the John XXIII Educational Center. “I’m looking forward to working with the kids and the School Board and challenging the community to make this the great school district we once were.”

McKenna, a 51-year-old respiratory care practitioner of Racine, said she was happy to continue her work on the School Board and took vote totals Tuesday as validation of her good job so far.

“I think it’s because people know me and I’m honored,” she said of her re-election. “It’s my sixth time being elected in a row so I’m taking it as confirmation they like my work.”

Eperjesy, a 45-year-old Caledonia man who is Twin Disc’s chief financial officer, was appointed to the board last year and thinks his campaign focus on addressing poverty helped him survive his first election.

“I think Racine has a lot of problems that we all need to come together to work to figure out solutions for and I think a lot of that revolves around poverty and I talked about that a lot and I think people agree,” Eperjesy said. “I’m just happy to have three more years to continue doing what we’re trying to do.”

Frontier, McKenna and Eperjesy were each elected to a three-year term. They will be sworn in April 22.

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  1. ordmm
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    ordmm - April 03, 2013 12:56 pm
    Agree that the school board will remain dysfunctional with the current members. But with ACT10 in effect and voter attitude towards spending the school board will somewhat be held in check. Yes they will make less than intelligent decisions. But with a new superintendent coming in, provisions a ACT10, lesser influence of teachers union, and impact of school vouchers, am thinking they will be reduced to arguing amongst each other. Voter approval of increased spending referendum?---Not likely.
  2. rufkm
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    rufkm - April 03, 2013 10:13 am
    We just elected 3 people who blame the environment, Act 10, vouchers, etc for the poor performance of RUSD, rather than focusing on how to get RUSD to excel within the environment it exists. Very disappointing results.
  3. Cincinnatus Racine
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    Cincinnatus Racine - April 03, 2013 9:59 am
    When are you idiots going to stop letting Jeff Neubauer select your school board?
  4. Had enough
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    Had enough - April 03, 2013 9:32 am
    Soooo. What Rscine voters believe is that adding someone who has spent his career within the failing system will FIX the failing system? Do you people truly believe that an ex-educator and staunch liberal is REALLY has his finger on the pulse of the tax payers of Racine?? Boy you people are stupid. Thank God I moved out of that stupid city.
  5. sbs
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    sbs - April 03, 2013 8:43 am
    Disgraceful. Everyone in Racine knows the problem with this failing school district is the administration… yet, the voters return two incumbents to RUSD, rewarding their incompetence (and much, much worse - see the RUSD offices and "renovations"). There's a reason we have the highest unemployment rate in the State (wow - we finally surpassed Beloit)… it's ourselves.
  6. The Underground Conservative
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    The Underground Conservative - April 03, 2013 7:38 am
    Second worst run district in the state. Of course, MPS is in a special ed class of its own in that regard. Small wonder, too, when you see how the low-information voters of RUSD keep electing the same idiots to the school board then wonder why things never change for the better. It's like quote attributed to Albert Einstein about insanity being doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. You can say the same thing about Racine as well. Keep electing Dickert and the same Common Council members over and over and thinking things will get better, Garbage In, Garbage Out.
  7. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - April 03, 2013 7:09 am
    The failure at RUSD will continue.

    More money will fix the problem, because "This time it's DIFFERENT!"

    Time to rearrange the deck chairs on the RUSD Titanic. The band plays on!

    *ELECTION SPECIAL* Barbara Streisand sings the RUSD theme today!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnwJ5KIcKX4
  8. Joeboy5471
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    Joeboy5471 - April 03, 2013 6:54 am
    Only one newcomer to the school board. All of the current board members should be bounced. They are part of the problem with education in the RUSD and not the solution.
  9. Zorro
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    Zorro - April 02, 2013 11:48 pm
    It's good to have someone with Mike Frontier's vision on the board.
  10. bethd
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    bethd - April 02, 2013 11:03 pm
    Please, she is not a nurse. She works in Pulmonary Function. She is a tech. Nursing requires much more knowledge and skill.
  11. m1sspr1ss
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    m1sspr1ss - April 02, 2013 9:14 pm
    Sad that McKenna has any access to children. She is an irresponsible nurse and has no business making any decisions when it comes to educating the next generation Wake up people! Have you ever tried to have a conversation with her????
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