Join us on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Shully's in Thiensville to meet, greet, and dialogue with the incumbent school board candidates!
We are grateful to Shully's for reaching out and offering equal time to the incumbent school board members.
This is an open house format - come when you can and stay as long as you'd like! The event is free and anyone is welcome to attend. Social distancing will be encouraged and the doors/windows will be open for circulation to enable all to be comfortable.
In accordance with open meeting laws, candidates will circulate in and out of the room so that there is no question of a quorum.
Monday, October 18, 2021
6:30 - 8 pm
146 Green Bay Rd.
Thiensville, WI 53092
School board member is a non-partisan position and is supposed to be elected that way for a reason: Entrenched conflict based on ideology renders a body unable to operate in a meaningful way. Local government and school boards specifically need to be able to serve an entire community nimbly and effectively. No one, regardless of political affiliation, is claiming that state legislatures or the U.S. Congress are competently doing their job of serving the people. Poll after poll shows abysmal approval ratings for these 'governing' bodies. Are gridlocked local governments controlled by partisan actors - focused on their own agendas - really the future we want for our local governments and schools?
We firmly believe the ANSWER IS NO. If you agree, please support us, the incumbent school board members, and tell political parties to STAY OUT OF OUR CITY AND VILLAGE GOVERNMENTS.
The Recall / Restore MTSD group has maintained all along they are non-partisan. However, over the last week, the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the Republican Party of Ozaukee County, the gubernatorial campaigns of Rebecca Kleefisch and Jonathan Wichmann, and the Patriots of Ozaukee County have all stepped out of the dark to reveal they are backing the 4 Recall / Restore candidates. Their social media posts expose the lie that Recall / Restore MTSD is just a local group of concerned apolitical parents.
The Recall / Restore MTSD group spreads the narrative that Andrew Hopkins’ election to the school board is an example of the grassroots efforts of local parents. However, with a little closer inspection, this story, just like most of what the recall effort promotes, is false.
Andrew Hopkins spent $6,937.26 on his campaign. $4,603 of his donations came from the exact same outside groups trying to hijack the elections right now. If you add donations from those currently running for the board as Restore MTSD, that number rises to $5,103.
The truth is that the seat Andrew Hopkins occupies on the school board was bought and paid for by partisan groups outside of our community whose only goal is to hijack our local government as part of a national movement to expand partisan influence over non-partisan offices.
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|2016 Tax Levy per student:||$10.491|
|2020 Tax Levy per student:||$11,124|
|Difference between 2016 and 2020:||+6.0%|
|Inflation between 2016 and 2020:||+6.7%|
Even when including the 2021 increase due to the referendum, the MTSD Mill Rate* has DECREASED from $8.15 in 2016 to $7.96 in 2021.
* tax payable per $1,000 dollars of the assessed value of a property.
Declines in 2020 MTSD Milestone 1 Early Reading were a result of using winter data, not end of year data that could not be collected due to the pandemic.
As a governance board, there was no abdication of voting responsibilities and there is nothing legally questionable about how the MTSD Board of Education operates.
Faced with a novel, globally catastrophic event, everyone in the MTSD worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure the best possible outcomes for our students. We are incredibly fortunate that our children and educators have been and continue to be resilient. We should be proud of our district and applaud their efforts.
Effective school boards are accountability driven, spending less time on operational issues and more time focused on policies to improve student achievement.
We should not fall prey to the partisan politics movement aimed at school boards that is sweeping across our nation. We are better together. Our volunteer School Board members are servant leaders who work together with administration toward our district’s vision: "Each student, every time, empowered to succeed.”