Racine Unified School District, Wisconsin

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Racine Unified School District
Racine, Wisconsin
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District Profile
Superintendent:Lolli Haws
Graduation rate:69.8 percent[2]
Number of schools:34
Budget: $301.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dennis Wiser
Board members:9
Term length:3
Racine Unified School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 20,395 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district improved graduation rates from 66.6 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 69.8 percent during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

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.[3] Racine Unified School District is the fourth-largest school district in Wisconsin.[4]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
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[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 50.8 47.3
2008 52.7 45.4
2004 47.3 51.4

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]


The superintendent of Racine Unified School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Lolli Haws. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2013. Haws previously served as an administrator with District of Columbia Public Schools.[7] Haws earned an annual salary of $200,000 during the 2013-2014 school year.[8]

School board

The Racine Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to three-year terms. Each member receives $300 per month in compensation.[9]

Racine Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Dennis Wiser 2017
Melvin Hargrove 2017
Chris Eperjesy 2016
Pamala Handrow 2017
Don Nielsen 2015
Michael Frontier 2016
Julie McKenna 2016
Kim Plache 2015
Wally Rendón 2015

School board elections

See also: Racine Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on April 1, 2014. The 2014 election included a race for an unexpired one-year term. Three seats will be up for election in April 2015 and three seats will be on the ballot in April 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education does not maintain published guidelines regarding public participation in board meetings.


The Racine Unified School District's budget is published on its website.[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $169,296,056 57.9% $15,817,965 5.4% $93,270,830 31.9% $7,078,268 2.4% $6,909,126 2.4% $292,372,245
2011-2012 $133,866,599 53.5% $13,285,394 5.3% $78,358,139 31.3% $17,169,374 6.9% $7,444,673 3% $250,124,179
2012-2013 $137,225,933 50.1% $14,102,221 5.1% $97,853,777 35.7% $16,233,302 5.9% $8,444,698 3.1% $273,859,931
2013-2014 $147,665,739 48.9% $15,614,041 5.2% $107,798,218 35.7% $21,613,982 7.2% $9,196,472 3% $301,888,452
Averages: $147,013,581.75 53% $14,704,905.25 5% $94,320,241 34% $15,523,731.5 6% $7,998,742.25 3% $279,561,201.75

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Racine Unified School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 39,960 44,554
BA 12 42,118 47,630
BA 24 44,276 56,933
MA 46,434 63,581
MA 12 49,071 66,219
MA 24 51,709 68,856
Ph.D. 54,346 71,494


Teachers in Racine Unified School District are represented by the Racine Education Association (REA). The president of REA during the 2013-2014 school year was Jennifer Levie.[12]

Schools in Racine Unified School District


The district served 20,395 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 4.2% decrease in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 21,308 -
2010-2011 21,119 -0.8
2011-2012 20,854 -1.2
2012-2013 20,715 -0.6
2013-2014 20,395 -1.5

District schools

Racine Unified School District operates 34 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Racine Unified School District
Bull Fine Arts School
Case High School
Dr. Jones Elementary School
Fratt Elementary School
Giese Elementary School
Gifford Elementary School
Gilmore Middle School
Goodland Elementary School
Horlick High School
Janes Elementary School
Jefferson Lighthouse Elementary School
Jerstad-Agerholm Elementary School
Jerstad-Agerholm Middle School
Julian Thomas Elementary School
Keith R. Mack Alternative Program at Winslow High School
Keith R. Mack Alternative Program at Winslow Middle School
Knapp Elementary School
McKinley Middle School
Mitchell Elementary School
Mitchell Middle School
North Park Elementary School
Olympia Brown Elementary School
Park High School
REAL Charter High School
REAL Charter Middle School
Red Apple Elementary School
Roosevelt Elementary School
S.C. Johnson Elementary School
Schulte Elementary School
Starbuck Middle School
Wadewitz Elementary School
Walden III High School
Walden III Middle School
West Ridge Elementary School

Academic performance

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction administers annual Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) tests to students throughout the state. These tests assess proficiency in math and reading among students in grades three through eight as well as tenth grade. WSAS tests also evaluate proficiency in language arts, science and social studies at grades four, eight and ten. The Department of Public Instruction publishes results from WSAS tests as part of each district's Annual District Report Card.[14]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[14]

  • Student Achievement: This category compares reading and math performance by district students to state and national standards.
  • Student Growth: This category compares year-to-year performance on reading and math sections in WSAS tests.
  • Closing Gaps: This category compares test performance by low-performing groups in the district to similar cohorts across the state.
  • On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: This category uses benchmarks including ACT scores, graduation rate, attendance rate and math achievement to assess post-graduate preparedness.

Racine Unified School District achieved an overall score of 61.2 during the 2012-2013 school year. The district's overall score led to a Meets Few Expectations designation from the Department of Public Instruction. The following table compares district performance with state performance according to the 2012-2013 Annual District Report Card:[14]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 57.3 66.1
Student Growth 53.8 60.6
Closing Gaps 69.4 66.8
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 74.1 84.9

Contact information

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Racine Unified School District
3109 Mt. Pleasant St.
Racine, WI 53404
Phone: (262) 635-5600
Email: info@rusd.org

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on April 6, 2012.

The good

  • Meeting information and minutes are available.[15]
  • Board members and their contact information are listed.[16]
  • Administrative contacts are listed by department.[17]
  • Labor agreements are posted.[18]
  • Annual budgets are posted.[19]
  • Open records policy and district contact provided.[20]

The bad

  • No information about taxes proposed or passed to generate revenue for schools.
  • District funded lobbying is not discussed.
  • Audits are not available.
  • Academic performance measures are not provided.
  • Background check policies and procedures are not mentioned.

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "High school completion rates," accessed February 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Racine, Wisconsin," accessed February 5, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. Racine County Clerk, "Past elections," accessed February 5, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Racine Unified School District, "Superintendent," accessed February 5, 2014
  8. Lindsay Bullock, Journal Times, "No. 8: Lolli Haws hired to lead Unified," December 24, 2013
  9. Racine Unified School District, "Board Governance Policy," accessed February 5, 2014
  10. Racine Unified School District, "Annual Budget," accessed December 11, 2013
  11. Racine Unified School District, "2013-2014 Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed February 5, 2014
  12. Racine Education Association, "About the REA," accessed February 5, 2014
  13. Racine Unified School District, "Our Schools," accessed February 5, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  15. Racine Unified School District, "Meetings," accessed February 5, 2014
  16. Racine Unified School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed February 5, 2014
  17. Racine Unified School District, "Contact Us," accessed February 5, 2014
  18. Racine Unified School District, "Salary Schedules," accessed February 5, 2014
  19. Racine Unified School District, "Board Postings," accessed February 5, 2014
  20. Racine Unified School District, "Communication," accessed February 5, 2014