Did Karin Rajnicek, a Waukesha School Board Member who starred in a pro-Walker ad aired during Monday Night Football, violate school district policy? It appears she did.
Here’s the video:
This is a partisan ad intended to sway people away from voting in favor of the recall. These school board positions are intended to be non-partisan. Now we all know that that is a highly unrealistic requirement (just look at the Prosser / Kloppenburg election). But it is the rule. What Ms. Rajnicek did was violate that rule.
Back in 2010 the Waukesha School Board implemented a very clear policy. That informal policy was codified in School Board rules.
[B]oard members should not discuss anything learned in closed session until such matters become part of open meetings, she said. In addition, she said the policy reminds members that when they’re talking to the news media and public, they should speak only for themselves and not for the eight other board members.
No one is denying that Ms. Rajnicek can speak for herself and express her opinions, but she cannot represent the Waukesha School Board which is exactly what she did in that commercial. She spoke as a member of the school board and not for herself.
I don’t know what disciplinary action is applicable here, but I expect to hear from the superintendent of schools in Waukesha about this. Her actions are inappropriate and violate school board policy.
[UPDATE]: And incidentally, her claim of 25 schools in her district is factually wrong. Waukesha has fifteen elementary schools, four middle schools, three high school and five charter schools. Last time I checked, that was 27. A school board member who can’t add and who supports Governor Walker. You can’t make this stuff up.
It you’d like to express your concerns about the politicization of the Waukesha School Board, please contact Todd Gray, Superintendent, at 262-970-1012.
[UPDATE 2]: Waukesha Patch has now picked up the story.