KUSD School Board Votes to Leave Citizen's Comments in Place

Updated: Dec 1, 2021




Here are some brief takeaways from the meeting:

  • The budget was passed with the maximum tax levy allowable by law (In Video 1:42:00)

  • Policy 8710 has been updated to read, “meetings shall be scheduled to take place on District property or virtually when deemed appropriate.”

  • Policy 8712 - School Board Meeting Agenda Preparation and Dissemination was reviewed in regards to what the “agenda shall normally provide” for the order of business. The currently required Review of District Mission, Vision, Strategic Goals and Board of Education Goals, as well as the Evaluation of Board of Education’s Adherence to its Operating Principles, have been removed due to their repetitive nature and will instead be reviewed by the Board periodically as needed. [next section was removed] In addition, due to the increase in the number of views and comments, and the Board’s desire to allow all to be heard, the Views and Comments section has been moved to follow New Business. This allows the business of the Board to be conducted up front while ensuring all stakeholders have ample time to speak during the Views and Comments portion of the meeting, particularly with an extension of the comment period as outlined in Policy 8870 -Public Participation at School Board Meetings See Video (02:07:45)

  • The electors who voted at the KUSD Annual meeting were "terrorists" (see video above @ 00:22:00 min)


Please take the time to read the documentation below watch the meeting and share your thoughts in the comments below.


Contact your school board to let them know how you feel about these changes


Board Members | Kenosha Unified School District (kusd.edu)

 



There are several concerning items on the Agenda for the next Regular School Board Meeting.


  1. The School Board completely ignored the levy set by the majority of Electors on September 21st 2021 (see recap here ). At this meeting a tax levy of $88,907,061 was proposed by the district. However, a majority of the KUSD Electors passed a motion to approve a tax levy of $86, 000, 000 instead citing "the district’s drastic enrollment drop". In the Agenda for the upcoming School board meeting the Proposed tax levy is now $89,696,473 . This proposed tax levy is "the maximum amount allowed within state law without going to a referendum." read pg 106-124


2. POLICY 8710 - REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS AND POLICY 8712 - SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AGENDA PREPARATION AND DISSEMINATION (pg 125)

Policy 8710 - Regular School Board Meetings currently states, “Regular meetings shall be scheduled to take place on district property.” In the proposed policy change before the school board that wording will be changed to, “meetings shall be scheduled to take place on District property or virtually when deemed appropriate.”


Policy 8712-School Board Meeting Agenda Preparation and Dissemination

Changes here include removal of the "Evaluation of the Board of Education's Adherence to its Operating Principles" from the agenda as a regularly scheduled item as well as Moving the citizen comments portion to AFTER "New Business"


See below:



The KUSD School board has demonstrated over and over that it does not want input from the community. Here is a recap.


  • The Board has held no in-person regular school board meetings since 8-24-21

  • The board is now proposing moving citizen comments to AFTER new business. This means whatever you may have to say more than likely doesn't matter because the items on the agenda would have already been voted on. Wisconsin Statutes states that "During a period of public comment under s. 19.84 (2), a governmental body may discuss any matter raised by the public."



How are they supposed to discuss input from the community if the matter at hand has already been voted on?


What's next? Will the school board remove citizen comments from the agenda completely? in the KUSD policy for public comments it is already listed as a "privilege".



Contact your school board to let them know how you feel about these changes


Board Members | Kenosha Unified School District (kusd.edu)