KUSD school board member Eric Meadows released a statement today in response to his election being overturned by KUSD lawyers and the Wisconsin Election Commission.
The Kenosha Unified School District Board is set to remove member Eric Meadows from the board this upcoming April, two years earlier than what the voters intended. The Wisconsin Elections Commission is one of the motivating forces behind this.
Meadows term was initially set to expire in 2025. Kenosha Unified School District is alleging that they made an error in the 2022 elections due to the resignation of former School Board President Dan Wade.
KCE has heard from many voters who think that this is a deliberate and underhanded attempt to change the will of the voters. The board will be able to choose Meadow’s replacement this April without an election.
KCE made email contact with KUSD Superintendent Jeffrey Weiss and he indicated that he will not be fighting the Wisconsin Elections Commission and will capitulate to the bureaucratic board.
“To say that I am shocked and disappointed in reaction to KUSD’s effort to force me out of my role as an elected school board member is an understatement. In both June of 2021 and November of 2021, nearly two years ago, KUSD made errors in public notices that have resulted in the situation we are facing today. Due to multiple human errors, the results of an important election are being changed long after the fact.
The electors of the Kenosha Unified School District should be concerned that no due process has taken place to arrive at the prescribed solution they published to correct their own egregious actions that led to this challenging situation. To my knowledge, there was not a vote taken by members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission nor by the Kenosha Unified School Board on how to proceed in a way that not only best follows the law, but also – most importantly – prioritizes the intent of the voters. I am simply being asked to yield to the opinion of the District’s attorney, and was denied the right to legal representation of my own prior to the publication of KUSD’s plan of action.
I will continue to fulfill my responsibilities on the board to the best of my ability for as long as I can, while simultaneously seeking to find a resolution to restore the election results that the community expected.”