KUSD welcomes nine new administrators
At the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) regular school board meeting which was held earlier tonight, nine new administrators were introduced by school superintendent Michele Hancock and congratulated by the entire board. They were:
- Assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, Dr. Sue Savaglio-Jarvis (“Dr. Sue”);
- Executive director of information systems, data management, and evaluation, Kristopher Keckler (“Mr. Kris”);
- Executive director of community partnerships, Tanya Reuter;
- Principal of Bradford High School, Dr. Kurt Sinclair;
- Principal of Mahone Middle School, Teri Huck;
- Assistant principal of Mahone Middle School, Steve Germain;
- Assistant principal of Washington Middle School, Brett Basley;
- Dual-Language Principal of the Edward Bain School of Language and Arts (EBSOLA), Dr. Betzaida Gomez; and
- Coordinator of student engagement and equity, Paris Echols.
Board member Carl Bryan announced that he would be running for the open seat on the state-wide board of directors for Region 13 of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB). He stated that he felt that he could represent KUSD in a proud fashion and advocate for the district. School board president Mary Snyder said that the KUSD does get short-changed sometimes, and that having Bryan on the board would ensure that the district’s voice is heard.
One public comment was made by Cathy Lusiak regarding the elimination of the 36 technical assistants.
Snyder stated that she was looking forward to the convocation tomorrow showcasing the student productions. “Yes, we are facing challenges and changes this year. But, we are all welcoming the children and making sure that they get the best education possible. We have almost 23,000 students in the district, and we are one of the few districts that did not cut programs. We appreciate what the staff does. We all put children first, and we are moving forward, and looking to have a great year.”
Hancock also introduced to the board Mr. John Young, “Michael,” who is from China and will be teaching at the Roosevelt Elementary School and staying with a host family. He presented the board with various gifts from China and said that he is looking forward to teaching the Roosevelt students about the Chinese culture.
Hancock announced that the K-Tech charter school was the only school selected nationally to be included in the Legoland brochure.
Hancock said that school starts on Tuesday, September 4th, except for the two elementary schools (Frank and Wilson) that have already started. Open houses will be held before classes start on the following days:
- For elementary schools – Thursday, August 30, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm;
- For middle schools – Thursday, August 30, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm;
- For K-Tech – Thursday, August 30, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; and
- For Harborside Academy/Paideia Academy, on Thursday, September 6th, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
The consent agenda was unanimously approved, which consisted of recommendations concerning appointments, leaves of absence, retirements, and resignations, the minutes of the prior meetings, and the summary of receipts, wire transfers, and check registers.
The first reading of the Policies/Rules having to do with the operating budget were unanimously approved. Tina Schmitz, chief financial officer, said that the changes reflected job title changes and also changes to more accurately reflect current practices. “The budget calendar was eliminated from the policies. They were detailed with names and dates, and sometimes the dates weren’t always realistic. We needed to be more flexible and eliminate them from the policy. They are all on-line, in the budget book. They will all be included in the budget book,” she said.
Snyder concluded the meeting by saying that the rest of the staff will be starting tomorrow, if they have not already started working.