KUSD announces list of candidates for board vacancy | Kenosha Unified School District

KUSD announces list of candidates for board vacancy

KUSD news release

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, KUSD board member Gary Kunich announced his resignation from the Board of Education due to moving outside of the community. This resignation leaves a vacancy on the board that must be filled until April 2020, the expiration of Mr. Kunich’s term, and became effective Aug. 1, 2019.

Individuals who submitted their letter of interest by the 12 p.m. deadline today, Aug. 7, include Yolanda Santos-Adams, Steven Davis, Kyle Flood, Adelene Greene, Kyle Holder, Howard Moon, Susan Poland, Todd Price, Stephen Raclaw, Mary Snyder and Mary Tendayi Esquillin.

A special meeting of the board during which candidates will be interviewed will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. The following process shall take place during the open/public meeting:  

Round One:

  • Candidates will be interviewed one at a time in reverse alphabetical order.
  • Candidates will be asked to sit in an adjacent room until it is their turn to be interviewed.
  • Board members should prepare four possible questions prior to the meeting.
  • Each School Board member will ask one question of a candidate, resulting in each candidate answering six questions within a given time frame. 
  • Each School Board member will ask the same questions of all candidates.
  • School Board members will ask their questions in the order that roll call is taken. 
  • Each candidate will have two minutes to answer questions, and the Board Secretary will keep time.
  • After responding to all questions, candidates may remain in the Boardroom.

Narrowing of Candidates

  • After all candidates have been interviewed, School Board members will be asked to narrow the field using
  • the following suggested procedure:
  • Each School Board member will list, in writing, his/her top three choices.
  • The Superintendent or his/her designee will review the lists and only those candidates appearing on two or more lists shall be eligible for the second round.
  • If desired, unsuccessful candidates may remain in the Boardroom.

Round Two:

  • School Board members will ask a follow up question, if desired, of the remaining candidates.
  • Candidates will have two minutes to respond to questions.
  • School Board members will ask the same question of all remaining candidates.
  • As with the original interviews, candidates will be asked to sit in an adjacent room until it is their turn to be interviewed.
  • After all candidates have had an opportunity to answer the second round of questions, School Board members will be asked to rank the remaining candidates in order of preference assigning the highest number to their most preferred candidate and the lowest number (1) to their least preferred candidate.
  • The Superintendent or his/her designee will then add up the accumulated points and report them to the Board in writing.
  • The School Board may then recess for a short time.

Appointment

  • Following the interview process, motions will be in order for filling the School Board vacancy. School Board members should accentuate the positive when supporting a "motion to appoint" and should refrain from proselytizing.
  • Tied votes equal a failed motion and, according to School Board policy, a failed motion cannot be reintroduced during the same business meeting.
  • School Board members who do not follow the above rules may have their ballots disqualified by the presiding officer, but will be allowed to vote on any motion.
  • The Board vacancy will be filled at a regular or special Board meeting within sixty (60) days following the effective date of the vacancy.

If the remaining members of the Board of Education do not appoint an individual to fill a vacancy within sixty (60) days of the date on which the vacancy first exists, three board members shall be selected at random to appoint an individual from the full list of Board candidates.

To review Policy 8330 - Filling School Board Vacancies, please visit Policy 8330 - Filling School Board Vacancies, or review the attached memo that outlines the policy/process.

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