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|Board member, Racine Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|First elected||April 1, 2014|
|Next general||April 7, 2015|
|Appointed||September 15, 2013|
- 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
This election will be held on April 7, 2015.
Rendón reported no contributions or expenditures to the Racine Unified School District Clerk for School Board Elections as of January 12, 2015. He filed as exempt from filing campaign finance reports when he filed for his candidacy.
Rendón had received no official endorsements as of January 9, 2015.
Wally Rendón 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|
|Nonpartisan||Melvin Hargrove Incumbent||18.6%||4,326|
|Nonpartisan||Dennis Wiser Incumbent||17.2%||3,996|
|Nonpartisan||Pamala Handrow Incumbent||17%||3,954|
|Nonpartisan||Wally Rendón Incumbent||14.4%||3,355|
|Source: Racine Unified School District, "Canvass Committee Report," April 8, 2014|
Rendón was exempted from filing a pre-election campaign finance report to the school district clerk by the March 24, 2014 deadline. State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year.
Rendón did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
Rendón explained his campaign themes for 2014 in an interview with The Journal Times:
What makes you most qualified for a board seat?
24 years experience in law enforcement plus time spent working with nonprofit agencies.
I dealt with lot of students that were falling through the cracks, through the system. That allowed me to kind of have a broader perspective of what impact not having an education does to a student.
Are you familiar with the Common Core State Standards, and do you support or oppose them?
Not familiar with standards.
Do you favor fixing school building components like boilers when they break down or, proactively, when they outlive their life expectancies?
I would support because you’d rather catch it before it completely breaks apart. … You’re really trying to, in the long run, spend a little money now so two or three years down the road you don’t have to spend a lot of money for something you could have repaired and taken care of.
I can’t make a statement now as to we would use this kind of money, that kind of money.
—Journal Times (2014), 
What's at stake?
Issues in the district
Nearby communities to vote on splitting from district
On April 7, 2015, the villages of Caledonia and Sturtevant will vote on whether or not they would like to secede from the Racine Unified School District and create their own school district. The vote will be a nonbinding, advisory referendum and will be used to determine where residents stand on the issue.
Mount Pleasant, another nearby village, did not put the advisory referendum on the ballot. Village Administrator Kurt Wahlen explained that they did not pursue the referendum because current state law prohibits them from leaving the Racine Unified School District. The law allows school districts to veto any secessions, but supporters of a split are also pursuing state legislation that would eliminate that veto power. State Sen. Van Wanggaard (R) attended Caledonia's village meeting to put the referendum on the ballot and said he plans to help introduce that legislation into a bill.
Putting the advisory referendum on the ballot will not cost the villages any additional tax money because they are adding it to the regularly scheduled spring municipal and school board elections. If the referendum passes, village leaders hope to invest some money in a study to find out how feasible it would be to create a new school district. Caledonia Village President Bob Bradley said such a study would not exceed $30,000 and would follow the model of a similar study conducted in 2007.
Complaint against superintendent proven unsubstantiated
Lolli Haws, superintendent of Racine Unified School District, was under investigation after a complaint was filed against her. The complaint was related to an undisclosed incident that occurred when Haws was substitute teaching at Knapp Elementary School in April 2014. Haws explained that she had substituted in order to gain a better understanding of how the administration and the community can support teachers. After experiencing a few difficult moments in the classroom, Haws said she sees the need for proper staffing levels and manageable class sizes.
The investigation into the incident was conducted by Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services, in order to avoid any conflict of interest between Knapp Elementary School, Racine Unified School District and Racine County. After concluding their investigation in June 2014, county officials determined the complaint against Haws was unsubstantiated.
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
About the district
Racine Unified School District is located in Racine County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Racine. In 2013, Racine County was home to approximately 195,041 residents, according to estimates by the United States Census Bureau. During the 2011-2012 school year, Racine Unified School District was the fourth-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 20,809 students.
Racine County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.8 percent of Racine 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 Racine County from 2008 to 2012 was $54,900 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. From 2008 to 2012, the poverty rate in Racine County was 12.6 percent. During that same time period, the poverty rate was 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 Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Wally + Rendon + Racine + School + District"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Racine Unified School District, Wisconsin
- Racine Unified School District elections (2015)
- Racine Unified School District elections (2014)
- 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)
- Racine Unified School District, "RUSD Vacant Board Seat to be Filled on Monday," September 13, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Wally Rendon," accessed February 6, 2014
- Journal Times, "Hispanic leader picked as new Unified board member," September 17, 2013
- Margaret Koenig, "Email correspondence with Racine Unified School District Office of Communication & Community Engagement," January 7, 2015
- Ballotpedia:Margaret Koenig, "Email correspondence with Pat Meyer, Racine Unified School District Deputy Clerk for School Board Elections," January 12, 2015
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Patricia Meyer on March 25, 2014.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Journal Times, "Racine School Board candidates on the issues," March 18, 2014
- The Journal Times, "Caledonia, Sturtevant looking to ask voters’ opinion on leaving Unified," January 24, 2015
- The Journal Times, "Caledonia schools vote a go," January 26, 2015
- 620TMJ4 Wisconsin's Radio Station, "Racine Unified's superintendent under investigation," May 19, 2014
- CBS58 News, "Racine school superintendent under investigation," May 19, 2014 (dead link)
- WISN.com, "Racine Unified superintendent under investigation," May 19, 2014
- The Journal Times, "Investigation concludes complaint against superintendent is unsubstantiated," June 20, 2014
- Journal Times, "Four Unified board seats — not three — up for election," January 7, 2014
- The Journal Times, "Fineran drops out of Unified board race," March 26, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Racine County, Wisconsin," accessed August 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Racine County Clerk, "Past elections," accessed February 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2015 Racine Unified School District Elections|
|Racine County, Wisconsin|
|Election date:||April 7, 2015|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Incumbent, Don Nielsen • Incumbent, Kim Plache • Incumbent, Wally Rendón • Bryn Biemeck • Lisa Parham|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|
|2014 Racine Unified School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Thomas Fineran • Pamala Handrow • Melvin Hargrove • Henry Perez • Jacqueline Pinager • Wally Rendón • Dennis Wiser|
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|