|Board member, Kenosha Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|Next general||April 7, 2015|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What's at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Falkofske previous ran unsuccessfully for the board in the general election on April 1, 2014.
Falkofske earned a B.A. in geography and history from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1995. He has worked as a mapping specialist for MGP Inc. since 2000. Falkofske has three children who have attended or will attend district schools.
This election will be held on April 7, 2015.
Falkofske had received no official endorsements as of January 12, 2015.
Mike Falkofske ran against five other candidates in the February 18, 2014 primary election. The top four vote recipients advanced to the general election on April 1, 2014.
|Kenosha Unified School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Gary J. Kunich||26.1%||6,346|
|Nonpartisan||Jo Ann Taube Incumbent||22.3%||5,423|
|Source: Kenosha County Clerk, "Spring Election," April 1, 2014|
|Kenosha Unified School District, At-large Primary Election, 3-year term, February 18, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Jo Ann Taube Incumbent||19.7%||1,917|
|Nonpartisan||Gary J. Kunich||18.7%||1,826|
|Nonpartisan||Robert Nuzzo Incumbent||13%||1,271|
|Source: Kenosha County Clerk, "Spring Primary Election," accessed February 18, 2014|
Falkofske began the pre-election reporting period with an existing account balance of $3,793.55 from a previous report. He reported $3,720.00 in contributions and $2,353.22 in expenditures to the school board secretary, which left his campaign with $2,426.77 on hand.
Ballotpedia survey responses
Falkofske participated in Ballotpedia's 2015 survey of school board candidates. The following sections display his responses to the survey questions. When asked what his top priority would be if elected, the candidate stated:
|“||My top priority is to create a new strategic plan, new mission statement, and new vision statement by using the information contained 2013 District Curriculum audit. The district will never be able to fix it’s problems if it doesn’t know how to define itself. The districts needs to have a clear vision of where it will be in the future and a roadmap for getting there. The district needs to stop being a reactive organization and instead become a proactive organization that can successfully navigate all the challenges it will face.||”|
—Mike Falkofske, (2015), 
Ranking the issues
The candidate was asked to rank the following issues by importance in the school district, with one being the most important and seven being the least important. This table displays this candidate's rankings from most to least important:
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|Education on the ballot|
|Issue importance ranking|
||Closing the achievement gap|
||Expanding career-technical education|
||Improving education for special needs students|
||Improving college readiness|
||Balancing or maintaining the district's budget|
||Expanding arts education|
||Expanding school choice options|
Positions on the issues
The candidate was asked to answer 10 questions from Ballotpedia regarding significant issues in education and the school district. The questions are in the left column and the candidate's responses are in the right column of the following table:
|"They should be implemented."|
|"The first step is prioritizing where the money is spent. We need to spend more money at the building level and less for administrative travel and conferences. Smaller class sizes will also help students at both ends. We need to strengthen our community partnerships to bring more mentors into the school to work with our students. Finally we need to be a strategic plan based of the 2013 district wide curriculum audit. The audit was full of suggestions on how we could improve learning for all students."|
|"Expulsion should be used for serious offenses to ensure the safety of other students as well as the integrity of education at district schools."|
|"The school board should interview administrations, teachers, parents of students at the school, parents who moved their children to a different school, and the community organizations that work in the neighborhoods near the school. The school board must find the real causes of the issues, so that real solutions can be created. The school should also be given the highest priority when the district hires new teachers or increase money for other resources. They should also work with community organizations to leverage additional resources to help these schools."|
|"For groups of teachers not individual teachers."|
|"Set up a mentorship program for the underperforming teacher with a more experienced teacher in the district."|
|"The community will never trust any organization if it doesn’t view that organization as being transparent. I will visits schools to talk with teachers, parents, and students to gauge how well the school working for it’s students. I will send out monthly newsletters and use social media to communicate with constituents about the ongoing priorities in the district. Most importantly I welcome criticism as we can't improve the district unless people are willing to give honest feedback about how policies are impacting them."|
Falkofske's campaign website listed the following themes for 2014:
—Mike Falkofske's campaign website, (2014), 
What's at stake?
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
About the district
Kenosha Unified School District is located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Kenosha. In 2013, Kenosha County was home to approximately 167,757 residents according to estimates by the United States Census Bureau. During the 2011-2012 school year, Kenosha Unified School District was the third-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 22,905 students.
Kenosha County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.8 percent of Kenosha County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Kenosha County was $55,117 between 2008-2012, compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Kenosha County was 12.2 percent between 2008-2012, 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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Mike + Falkofske + Kenosha + School + District"
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- Kenosha Unified School District, Wisconsin
- Kenosha Unified School District elections (2015)
- Rising competition for incumbents in Wisconsin's 2015 school board elections (January 14, 2015)
- Wisconsin school districts: 2014 in review and a 2015 election preview (January 6, 2015)
- LinkedIn, "Mike Falkofske," accessed January 31, 2014
- Campaign to Elect Mike Falkofske, "Biography," accessed February 25, 2014 (timed out)
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Stacy Busby on March 25, 2014.
- Kenosha Education Association, "The Non-Endorsed Candidates for School Board," February 14, 2014
- Kenosha News, "Falkofske, Wade for Unified School Board," March 30, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Ballotpedia School Board Candidate Survey, 2015
- Campaign to Elect Mike Falkofske, "Home," accessed February 25, 2014
- Wisconsin Public Radio, "Americans For Prosperity Gets Involved In Kenosha School Board Election," March 27, 2014
- Kenosha News, "Demonstration draws 60 to ESC," March 30, 2014
- Kenosha News, "Racism accusation aimed at School Board member," February 21, 2014
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- Wisconsin Reporter, "Sauk Prairie school board may have violated Act 10 with new teachers’ contract," November 27, 2013
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Kenosha schools, teachers union at odds over deducting union dues," February 11, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Kenosha School Board settles lawsuit over Act 10 dispute," June 6, 2014
- Kenosha News, "School board votes to censure Flood," February 25, 2014
- Kenosha News, "Unified board president, vice president support Flood censure," February 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Kenosha County, Wisconsin," accessed August 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Kenosha County Clerk, "Previous Election Results," accessed January 31, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2015 Kenosha Unified School District Elections|
|Kenosha County, Wisconsin|
|Election date:||April 7, 2015|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Incumbent, Carl Bryan • Incumbent, Tamarra Coleman • Incumbent, Mary Snyder • Mike Falkofske • Tony Garcia|
|Important information:||Key deadlines|
|2014 Kenosha Unified School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Mike Falkofske • Gary J. Kunich • Jo Ann Taube • Dan Wade|
Candidates defeated in the primary: • Michael Kehoe • Robert Nuzzo
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|