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Kenosha Unified School District, Wisconsin

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Kenosha Unified School District
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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District Profile
Superintendent:Joseph Mangi
Enrollment:22,818[1]
Graduation rate:80.2%[2]
Number of schools:39
Budget: $235.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rebecca Stevens
Board members:7
Term length:3
Kenosha Unified School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 22,818 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district slightly improved graduation rates from 78.8% during the 2010-2011 school year to 80.2% during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Kenosha Unified School District is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Kenosha Unified School District is located in Kenosha, the county seat for Kenosha County, Wisconsin. Kenosha is home to 100,150 residents according to the U.S. Census.[3] Kenosha Unified School District is the third-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 22,986 students during the 2010-11 school year.[4]

Demographics

Kenosha underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.9% of Kenosha residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Kenosha was $49,641 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Kenosha was 16.2% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Kenosha (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 77.1 86.2
Black or African American 10.0 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 1.7 2.3
Two or More Races 3.8 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 16.3 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 55.4 43.2
2008 58.1 40.1
2004 52.4 46.5

Superintendent

The interim superintendent of Kenosha Unified School District as of February 6, 2014 was Joseph Mangi. He has served in the position since replacing Michele Hancock on January 1, 2014. Mangi has worked as a teacher, principal and administrator in the district since 1970.[6]

School board

The Kenosha Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. The board determines compensation for members during the organizational meeting following April elections.[7]

Kenosha Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Rebecca Stevens 2016
Jo Ann Taube 2014
Carl Bryan 2015
Kyle Flood 2016
Tamarra Coleman 2015
Robert Nuzzo 2014
Mary Snyder 2015

School board elections

See also: Kenosha Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on April 1, 2014. Three seats will be up for election in April 2015 and two seats will be on the ballot in April 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2010:[8]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

The School Board, as a representative body of the District, wishes to provide an avenue for any citizen to express interest in and concerns for the schools. Meetings of the Board shall be open to the public, except executive sessions, and the public shall be cordially invited to attend any regular or special session of the Board.

Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the business of the District.

Citizens wishing to present requests or views directly to the Board shall be afforded the privilege during the "Views and Comments" portion of the agenda at each regular Board meeting, and at special Board meetings as appropriate. Consistent with the Board's responsibility for conducting the business of the District in an orderly and efficient manner, public presentations may be regulated.

Citizen comments and questions at any Board meeting may deal with any topic related to District issues or concerns and/or the Board's agenda. However in public session, the Board shall not hear personal comments or complaints against persons connected with the school system, except Board members. Other channels are available in the District that provide for consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving such individuals.

In lieu of speaking during the "Views and Comments" portion of the agenda, timely received written communication shall be read and/or noted in the Board meeting minutes upon the specific request of a citizen. Also, citizens may write to the Board to ask questions, express concerns and make proposals or comments for consideration by the Board. Written communication to the Board should normally be addressed to the Board President.

Budget

The Kenosha Unified School District's budget is published on its website.[9]

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
2012-2013 $119,744,737 50.8% $9,718,571 4.1% $74,000,138 31.4% $505,943 0.2% $31,799,805 13.5% $235,769,194
Averages: $119,744,737 51% $9,718,571 4% $74,000,138 31% $505,943 0% $31,799,805 13% $235,769,194

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Kenosha 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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 38,377 58,213
BA 6 38,962 59,285
BA 12 39,545 60,565
BA 18 40,128 62,069
BA 24 40,710 63,793
MA 42,266 69,202
MA 6 42,850 70,813
MA 12 43,432 72,433
MA 18 44,015 74,060
MA 24 44,597 75,500
MA 30 45,183 76,934

Unions

Teachers in Kenosha Unified School District are represented by the Kenosha Education Association (KEA).[11]

Schools in Kenosha Unified School District

Enrollment

The district served 22,818 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 1.3% 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 23,138 -
2010 23,240 0.4
2011 23,079 -0.6
2012 22,742 -1.4
2013 22,818 0.3

District schools

Kenosha Unified School District operates 39 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Kenosha Unified School District
Bose Elementary School
Bradford High School
Brass Community School
The Brompton School
Bullen Middle School
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Station
Dimensions of Learning Academy
Edward Bain School of Language and Art
Forest Park Elementary School
Frank Elementary School
Grant Elementary School
Grewenow Elementary School
Harborside Academy
Harvey Elementary School
Hillcrest School
Indian Trail High School and Academy
Jefferson Elementary School
Jeffery Elementary School
Kenosha eSchool
Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum
LakeView Technology Academy
Lance Middle School
Lincoln Middle School
Mahone Middle School
McKinley Elementary School
Nash Elementary School
Pleasant Prairie Elementary School
Prairie Lane Elementary School
Reuther Central High School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Somers Elementary School
Southport Elementary School
Stocker Elementary School
Strange Elementary School
Tremper High School
Vernon Elementary School
Washington Middle School
Whittier Elementary School
Wilson 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.[13]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[13]

  • 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.

Kenosha Unified School District achieved an overall score of 65.0 during the 2012-2013 school year. The district's overall score led to a Meets 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:[13]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 59.6 66.1
Student Growth 54.3 60.6
Closing Gaps 64.8 66.8
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 81.1 84.9

Issues

Censure vote for Kyle Flood

The Board of Education unanimously voted during a February 25 meeting to censure board member Kyle Flood for citations issued by University of Wisconsin-Whitewater police officers.[14] Flood, a student at the university, was ticketed for possession of drug paraphernalia on November 11, 2013 and vandalism in late December 2013. The vote was supported by board president Rebecca Stevens and Jo Ann Taube. Both members noted the district's efforts to ensure drug-free campuses in their support for the vote. District resident and former teacher Kristi Lacroix initiated an online petition to force Flood's removal from office after the incident became public. On February 14, Flood issued an apology but stated that he will not resign from the board.[15]

Board negotiations with teachers' union

In November 2013, the Board of Education agreed to a new contract with the Kenosha Education Association (KEA) by a 4-3 vote. This agreement with the teachers' union drew attention because collective bargaining over public employee salaries is limited by state law under Act 10. This 2011 law also prohibits employers from withdrawing involuntary contributions to public employee unions from wages. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), a conservative legal aid organization, and Kristi Lacroix are attempting to block the contract in court after the board vote. The WILL argues that the contract exceeded salary increase limits in Act 10. District officials counter that teachers were given one-time bonuses rather than salary increases under the agreement. The district will also comply with state law by only withdrawing union dues for teachers who request withdrawals. A county judge is scheduled to hear the case in April 2014.[16]

Contact information

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Kenosha Unified School District
3600 52nd Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 359-6300

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Main article: Evaluation of Wisconsin school district websites

Last rated on April 6, 2012.

The good

  • Budgets and audits are posted.[17][18]
  • Meeting times, minutes and agendas are posted.[19][20]
  • Board members and their contacts are listed.[19]
  • Administrative contacts are listed.[21]
  • Policies regarding access to public records under Wisconsin Open Records Law are explained.[22]
  • Current bid opportunities and labor contracts are posted.[23]
  • Background check policies and procedures are posted.[24]
  • Academic performance measures are provided with school performance report cards.[25]

The bad

  • No information about taxes proposed or passed to generate revenue for schools.
  • District funded lobbying is not discussed.
  • Vendor contracts are not posted.

See also

External links

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References

  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, "Kenosha, Wisconsin," accessed January 31, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. Kenosha County Clerk, "Previous Election Results," accessed January 31, 2014
  6. Kenosha Unified School District, "Superintendent," accessed February 4, 2014
  7. Kenosha Unified School District, "Policy 8640," July 10, 2001
  8. Kenosha Unified School District, "Policy 8870," December 14, 2010
  9. Kenosha Unified School District, "2012-2013 Adopted Budget," accessed December 11, 2013
  10. Kenosha Education Association, "Salary Schedule," January 17, 2014
  11. Kenosha Education Association, "About Us," accessed February 4, 2014
  12. Kenosha Unified School District, "Schools," accessed February 4, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  14. Kenosha News, "School board votes to censure Flood," February 25, 2014
  15. Deneen Smith, Kenosha News, "Unified board president, vice president support Flood censure," February 14, 2014
  16. Erin Richards, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Kenosha schools, teachers union at odds over deducting union dues," February 11, 2014
  17. Kenosha Unified School District, "Budget," accessed February 4, 2014
  18. Kenosha Unified School District, "Finance," accessed February 4, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 Kenosha Unified School District, "Board of Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  20. Kenosha Unified School District, "Meeting Minutes," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. Kenosha Unified School District, "Administration," accessed February 4, 2014
  22. Kenosha Unified School District, "Access to Public Records," accessed February 4, 2014
  23. Kenosha Unified School District, "Purchasing," accessed February 4, 2014
  24. Kenosha Unified School District, "Criminal Background Checks," accessed February 4, 2014
  25. Kenosha Unified School District, "Educational Accountability," accessed February 4, 2014