Four Unified board seats — not three — up for election

2014-01-07T18:30:00Z 2014-03-17T17:48:42Z Four Unified board seats — not three — up for electionLINDSAY BULLOCK Journal Times

RACINE — Three Racine Unified School Board seats usually come up for election each spring, but this year four seats are in play.

Three seats are up for election as usual, because three board members’ three-year terms are set to end in April. A fourth seat is up for election because a board member resigned in the fall and, under state law, the person appointed to that seat by the board must now run for election.

Board member Wally Rendón was appointed in September after former board member Gretchen Warner resigned to move to Arizona where her husband had taken a job. Because Rendón was appointed after the 2013 spring election but before the last Tuesday in November 2013, and because Warner was not in the last year of her three-year term, Rendón must seek election this spring to remain on the School Board, according to state law.

Rendón, of 833 Lombard Ave. in Racine, filed candidacy papers Tuesday by Unified’s 5 p.m. candidate deadline. The three board members whose three-year terms end in April also filed papers. Those board members are Pamala Handrow, of 1601 Grand Ave. in Racine; Melvin Hargrove, of 4144 LaSalle St. in Racine; and Dennis Wiser, of 2517 Pinehurst Ave. in Racine.

Thomas Fineran, of 142 Perry Ave. in Mount Pleasant; Henry Perez, of 1017 Kentucky St. in Racine; and Jacqueline Pinager, of 1040 Villa St. in Racine, also filed papers.

The number of candidates means a primary is not needed. The regular election will be held April 1.

The three candidates that receive the most votes will fill the three three-year board terms available. The person who gets the fourth most votes will serve a one-year term, to represent the remainder of Warner’s term. That person will then be up for election again next spring, that time for a regular three-year term, according to Pat Meyer, an employee relations executive assistant for Unified.

Board members receive a salary of $3,600 annually.

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  1. Kristie Formolo
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    Kristie Formolo - January 08, 2014 7:34 pm
    The RUSD Administration and the RUSD school board are sinking our school district. They have been telling us for years that this program will work, and that program will work. The only people benefiting are the overpaid Superintendents who move on in two or three years. The children and the tax payers pay the ultimate price for RUSD's incompetence.
  2. Urban Pioneer
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    Urban Pioneer - January 08, 2014 3:13 pm
    Back up the truck!!

    Pamala HANDROW While she did NOT sign the recalls for either Walker or Wanggaard.

    Ms Handrow was involved in this organization. check out this article from April of 2013:

    Note this organization was spending HUGE piles of Cash every month to help out just a very few people. It was a Federal Govt "Grant" program, it was mercifully closed down when the Sequester went into effect, and funds were scarce.
  3. Urban Pioneer
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    Urban Pioneer - January 08, 2014 1:35 pm
    After further review it's much worse than I thought. Thomas G Fineran of 5119 Concord Dr in Middleton, WI appears to be the SAME as Thomas G Fineran of 142 Perry Ave Racine DID sign the Walker recall.

    Also Guadalupe (Wally) Rendon (incumbent), also signed BOTH the Walker and Wanggaard forms.

    Jaqueline Pinager signed both forms as well.

    It seems the ONLY candidate who DID not sign either form was Pamela Handrow.
  4. Urban Pioneer
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    Urban Pioneer - January 08, 2014 9:01 am
    First info needed to help you decide which Candidates signed the Walker and or Wanggaard recalls:
    Henry Perez signed the Van W recall but NOT found on the Walker recall lists
    Melvin Hargrove signed both documents. (Despite getting support from the conservatives last election cycle.
    Dennis Wiser not surprisingly signed both as well.

    My initial review did not find a record of any of the other candidates as having signed.

    It should be easy to determine which candidates are most likely to look out for the taxpayers and students first, and the Teachers Union will likely support all three of the above candidates.
    Pamela Handrow; Jacqueline Pinager; Thomas Fineran.

    Although it'll come down to exactly what they each stand for.

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