No challengers once again for Waukesha School Board

Published on: 1/14/2014

Last year there were no challengers to the three individuals who were up for re-election of the School Board.

This year it's the same.

The three incumbents — Joseph Como, Barbara Brzenk and Karin Rajnicek — have all filed for another three-year term and will not have any challengers to their seats.

Brzenk is one of the longest-tenured board members having served on the board since 1999. Como was elected shortly after in 2002, while Rajnicek was elected to the board in 2011.

William Baumgart, Steve Edlund and Ellen Langill were re-elected to new three-year terms last year.

After the spring election, School Board members will make $6,400, an increase from their previous salary of $5,200 per year.

But as former board President Dan Warren noted at the last School Board meeting, board members receive $400 less due to a Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax.

New board president

However, with Warren recently stepping down after 21 years as a School Board member to move to Florida, there will soon be a new board member.

Como, the school board treasurer, said the board was scheduled to discuss the appointment process at its meeting this week. He said after announcing the opening, candidates will be able to submit applications. Once applications are received, the board will interview the candidates.

The chosen candidate will serve the remainder of Warren's term, which expires in 2015.

Meanwhile, Como said the board has "quite a bit of flexibility" in naming a new president.

Como said by default Brzenk, the board's vice president, is the new School Board leader.

But a new president will be named through a nomination process. While this takes place during an open meeting, Como said voting for the president is done through closed balloting.

The board could do this soon or it could wait until after the election.

Makeup date

In other school news, Superintendent Todd Gray said the district will have to make up one of the days canceled last week due to the extreme cold. He said the district had one weather day built in its schedule.

But after below-freezing temperatures forced consecutive days to be canceled two days, the Jan. 7 off day will be made up on May 23. That day had previously been labeled as a staff development day for teachers.

Gray, however, said plans may change if the district has more school closures this year.