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Wally Rendón

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Wally Rendón
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Board member, Racine Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
April 2015
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First electedApril 1, 2014
Next generalApril 7, 2015
AppointedSeptember 15, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionOutreach representative
Office website
Guadalupe "Wally" Rendón is an at-large member of the Racine Board of Education in Wisconsin. He has served on the board since his appointment in September 2013.[1] Rendón won an unexpired one-year term on the board in the general election on April 1, 2014. He is running for re-election to a full three-year term in the general election on April 7, 2015.


Rendón served as a police officer with the Racine Police Department prior to his retirement. He has worked as an outreach representative with Educators Credit Union since 2005.[2][3]



See also: Racine Unified School District elections (2015)


Three at-large board incumbents, Wally Rendón, Don Nielsen and Kim Plache, are seeking re-election in the general election on April 7, 2015. They face challengers Bryn Biemeck and Lisa Parham.[4]


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.[5]


Rendón had received no official endorsements as of January 9, 2015.


See also: Racine Unified School District elections (2014)


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
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


Rendón was exempted from filing a pre-election campaign finance report to the school district clerk by the March 24, 2014 deadline.[6] 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.[7]


Rendón did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes


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), [9]

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.[10][11]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[11] 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.[10]

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.[12][13][14]

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.[12][15]

About the district

See also: Racine Unified School District, Wisconsin
Racine Unified School District is located in Racine County, Wisconsin.

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.[18] During the 2011-2012 school year, Racine Unified School District was the fourth-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 20,809 students.[19]


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.[18]

Racial Demographics, 2013[18]
Race Racine County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 84.4 88.1
Black or African American 11.6 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.1
Asian 1.2 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.2 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 12.3 6.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Racine County[20]
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 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.[21] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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  1. Racine Unified School District, "RUSD Vacant Board Seat to be Filled on Monday," September 13, 2013
  2. LinkedIn, "Wally Rendon," accessed February 6, 2014
  3. Journal Times, "Hispanic leader picked as new Unified board member," September 17, 2013
  4. Margaret Koenig, "Email correspondence with Racine Unified School District Office of Communication & Community Engagement," January 7, 2015
  5. Ballotpedia:Margaret Koenig, "Email correspondence with Pat Meyer, Racine Unified School District Deputy Clerk for School Board Elections," January 12, 2015
  6. Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Patricia Meyer on March 25, 2014.
  7. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Journal Times, "Racine School Board candidates on the issues," March 18, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The Journal Times, "Caledonia, Sturtevant looking to ask voters’ opinion on leaving Unified," January 24, 2015
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The Journal Times, "Caledonia schools vote a go," January 26, 2015
  12. 12.0 12.1 620TMJ4 Wisconsin's Radio Station, "Racine Unified's superintendent under investigation," May 19, 2014
  13. CBS58 News, "Racine school superintendent under investigation," May 19, 2014 (dead link)
  14., "Racine Unified superintendent under investigation," May 19, 2014
  15. The Journal Times, "Investigation concludes complaint against superintendent is unsubstantiated," June 20, 2014
  16. Journal Times, "Four Unified board seats — not three — up for election," January 7, 2014
  17. The Journal Times, "Fineran drops out of Unified board race," March 26, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 United States Census Bureau, "Racine County, Wisconsin," accessed August 28, 2014
  19. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  20. Racine County Clerk, "Past elections," accessed February 5, 2014
  21. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014