Pamala Handrow

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Pamala Handrow
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Board member, Racine Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
April 2017
Years in position 7
Board vice president
2015 - 2016
Board Clerk
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First electedApril 2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D.Chicago Kent College of Law
ProfessionNon-profit director
Office website
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Pamala Handrow is an at-large member of the Racine Board of Education in Wisconsin. She has served on the board since 2008. Handrow won re-election to the board in the general election on April 1, 2014.


Handrow earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds master's degrees in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and counseling from Goddard College. Handrow also earned a J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law. She has worked as an assistant district attorney for the City of Racine and a professor of educational law at Carthage College. Handrow is the executive director of SAFE Haven of Racine.[1][2]



See also: Racine Unified School District elections (2014)


Pamala Handrow ran against six other candidates for four available seats in the general election on April 1, 2014.


Racine Unified School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelvin Hargrove Incumbent 18.6% 4,326
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Wiser Incumbent 17.2% 3,996
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamala Handrow Incumbent 17% 3,954
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWally Rendón Incumbent 14.4% 3,355
     Nonpartisan Jacqueline Pinager 12% 2,795
     Nonpartisan Henry Perez 12% 2,790
     Nonpartisan Thomas Fineran 8.2% 1,915
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 95
Total Votes 23,226
Source: Racine Unified School District, "Canvass Committee Report," April 8, 2014


Handrow reported no contributions or expenditures to the school board secretary, which left her campaign with $699.60 on hand from her previous campaign.[3]


Handrow did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes


Handrow explained her campaign themes for 2014 in an interview with The Journal Times:

What makes you most qualified for a board seat?

Strong meeting attendance during time on board.

My (law degree and two master’s degrees) and the line of work I’ve chosen actually familiarize me with some of the issues that face out students and our community.

Are you familiar with the Common Core State Standards, and do you support or oppose them?

Familiar with standards.

At this point in time clearly evidence indicates we need to do something to change achievement in schools in Racine Unified and our current superintendent is embracing Common Core and has found success with it in her (last) position. … I will support that.

Do you favor fixing school building components like boilers when they break down or, proactively, when they outlive their life expectancies?

I support any plan that can help us troubleshoot what might be the next thing that needs to be done … before it becomes a crisis or a disaster.

We always have a budget put aside for building maintenance and … if there is justification and a plan, as we just talked about, I’m not opposed to doing a referendum if that’s what we need to do.


The Journal Times (2014) [5]

What was at stake?

Handrow, Melvin Hargrove, Wally Rendón and Dennis Wiser won re-election against Jacqueline Pinager and Henry Perez. Rendón was appointed in September 2013 to replace Gretchen Warner. State law required Rendón to seek election since Warner resigned prior to her last year in office. Hargrove, Handrow and Wiser won full terms while Rendón earned a one-year unexpired term by placing fourth. The leadership of the board was at stake on April 1 as Wiser serves as the board president, Hargrove serves as vice president and Handrow serves as the clerk.[6] Thomas Fineran withdrew from the race on March 24 but his name still appeared on the ballot.[7]

About the district

See also: Racine Unified School District, Wisconsin
Racine Unified School District is located in Racine , Wisconsin
Racine Unified School District is located in Racine, Wisconsin. Racine is the county seat of Racine County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Racine is home to 78,303 residents.[8] Racine Unified School District is the fourth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 21,100 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[9]


Racine underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.6 percent of Racine 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 Racine was $38,789 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Racine was 21.5 percent compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2010[8]
Race Racine (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 61.8 86.2
Black or African American 22.6 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.0
Asian 0.8 2.3
Two or More Races 4.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 20.7 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[10]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 50.8 47.3
2008 52.7 45.4
2004 47.3 51.4

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[11]

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