Saying she is saddened she has to step down from the Wauwatosa School Board, member Emily Kenney tendered her resignation effective Aug. 27.
“It was a really hard decision," Kenney said. "I know the work I have been pushing for and championing related to equity and a solid education for our students will continue and I am confident in this district and board.”
The district and board have released the following timeline and procedures to secure Kenney's replacement:
- July 27 - School board met for discussion, consideration and action regarding process and procedures.
- July 31 - School board notice of intent to fill Seat 3 vacancy and notice of interest by an elector posted.
- July 31 through Sept. 5, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applicants are to submit a written, signed notice of interest to Superintendent Phil Ertl.
- Sept. 5 - Material submitted by applicants will be forwarded to the school board.
- Sept. 11, School board meeting, 7 p.m. - Selection process as outlined by the district and school board.
Kenney was elected to a three-year term in April 2016.
Wauwatosa School Board President Shawn Rolland said the board will miss Kenney’s voice and said she is a “champion for equity and strategic thinking.”
“Emily wants to focus her positive energy on her family and her career, where she cares for the homeless," Rolland said. "The world needs more people like Emily Kenney — and now our school board does too."
A statement from the district said that Kenney has decided she needs to focus her time on her career and family commitments.
"Emily has been a quality board member — invested, smart, and truly operates with the best interest of our kids in the district," Wauwatosa School Superintendent Phil Ertl said.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a notice of interest, which may include an introductory letter, resume and/or letters of recommendation, to the district office by Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The submissions should include copies of all materials in paper format and all submitted material will be treated as non-confidential public records.
The selected applicant will serve from the date the school board appoints until a successor is elected at the spring election in April 2018. The appointee does have the option to run in the April 2018 election, and if elected, would serve the remainder of Kenney’s unexpired term, until the April 2019 election.
For additional information regarding the school board vacancy please visit the school district's website.