Kyle Flood recall, Kenosha Unified School District, Wisconsin (2014)
Recall supporter arguments
District resident and former teacher Kristi Lacroix initiated an online petition in early February 2014 to force Kyle Flood's removal from office due to several run-ins with law enforcement. Flood, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, was ticketed by campus police for possession of drug paraphernalia on November 11, 2013, and vandalism in late December 2013.
On February 14, 2014, Flood issued an apology but stated that he will not resign from the board. The Board of Education voted 6-0 to censure Flood on February 25, 2014, but has no authority to force his removal from office.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Wisconsin
Recall supporters would need to submit 9,129 valid signatures from district residents to force a recall election. This total represents 25 percent of the votes cast by district resident during the 2010 gubernatorial election.
About Kyle Flood
Flood was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He attended the Kenosha Unified School District and graduated from Tremper High School in 2012. He is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where he is pursuing degrees in communications and political science.
About the board
The Kenosha Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. The board determines compensation for members during the organizational meeting following April elections. The Kenosha Board of Education voted unanimously on 77.97 percent of its votes between December 13, 2013, and June 30, 2014.
- When the board did not vote unanimously:
- Only 30.77 percent of the votes did not pass.
- Tamarra Coleman and Mary Snyder voted together 83.33 percent of the time.
- Rebecca Stevens and Carl Bryan voted together 92.31 percent of the time.
- When Coleman and Snyder voted together, Kyle Flood voted with them 50 percent of the time. When Stevens and Bryan voted together, Kyle Flood voted with them 25 percent of the time.
- In the two board meetings held after they joined the board in April 2014, Gary J. Kunich and Dan Wade voted together 100 percent of the time. They also voted with Coleman and Snyder 100 percent of the time. For both Kyle Flood and the pairing of Stevens and Bryan, Kunich and Wade voted with them 33.33 percent of the time.
- Of the non-unanimous votes:
- 23.08 percent were on board procedures
- 23.08 percent were on district procedures
- 23.08 percent were on teacher contracts
- 15.38 percent were on athletics
- 7.69 percent were on budgetary and fiscal issues
- 7.69 percent were on charter schools
The non-unanimous votes regarding teacher contracts stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty against the district. The board allegedly violated Act 10 of state law when it agreed to a teacher contract with the Kenosha Education Association in November 2013. The non-unanimous votes were related to settlement negotiations with the plaintiffs. On June 5, 2014, the board voted to settle the lawsuit and to nullify the teacher contract.
The voting data indicates that Tamarra Coleman, Mary Snyder, Gary J. Kunich and Dan Wade are the governing majority on the board. Rebecca Stevens and Carl Bryan are the minority faction and Kyle Flood's voting pattern is not consistent with either faction.
About the districtKenosha County, Wisconsin. Kenosha is home to 100,150 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Kenosha Unified School District is the third-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 22,905 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Higher education achievement
Kenosha underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.9 percent of Kenosha residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole.
Median household income
The median household income in Kenosha was $49,641 in 2010 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin.
The poverty rate in Kenosha was 16.2 percent in 2010 compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
- Recall campaigns in Wisconsin
- Political recall efforts, 2014
- School board recalls
- Kenosha Unified School District, Wisconsin
- Kenosha News, "Is that everything?" February 26, 2014
- Kenosha News, "Unified board president, vice president support Flood censure," February 14, 2014
- Kenosha News, "School board votes to censure Flood," February 25, 2014
- Kenosha Unified School District, "Board Members," accessed September 23, 2014
- Kenosha Unified School District, "Policy 8640," July 10, 2001
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Kenosha School Board settles lawsuit over Act 10 dispute," June 6, 2014
- Kenosha Unified School District, "Meeting Minutes," accessed June 23, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Kenosha, Wisconsin," accessed January 31, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Kenosha County Clerk, "Previous Election Results," accessed January 31, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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