Saturday afternoon may have been cold and rainy, but for nine Kenosha residents, it was a day to shine in the spotlight of an exhibition of their artwork.
As with other art openings, family and friends gathered to support the artists, while refreshments were served and a pianist played in the background.
One of Kenosha’s streetcars was put into service during the lunch hour on Friday for a Young Professionals Week event.
The lunchtime workshop, presented by Downtown Kenosha Inc. executive director Christopher Nauman, gave an overview of the state of Kenosha’s downtown. It was one of the last events of YP Week in Kenosha.
LAUREL — To the Kenosha Unified School District for its work to improve graduation rates, particularly among minority students. The district’s 2015 graduation rate, reported by the state this week, was 87.9 percent. That’s a hair below the statewide rate of 88.4 percent, but a marked increase from Unified’s graduation rate of 78.8 percent in 2011. Unified’s graduation rate for black students was 76.5 percent last year, well above the abysmal statewide rate of 64 percent and an an improvement over Unified’s 2011 rate of 67 percent. Said Sue Savaglio-Jarvis, Unified superintendent: “Each gain reflects the commitment of many individuals coming together to ensure we are providing excellent, challenging learning opportunities and experiences that prepare each student for success.” Let’s hope the district’s good work continues.
DART — To the apparent inability of drivers around the west campus of the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum — the old McKinley Middle School — to follow the rules, when it comes to speeding and parking. Neighborhood residents and parents vented their respective concerns at a meeting held at the school Tuesday night, speaking of speeding and illegal parking, among other problems on school days. It’s a difficult situation, to be sure — a large school tucked into an otherwise-quiet residential neighborhood, with a student population that arrives mostly one or two to a car with their parents. But things could be more tenable if people were to simply obey signs and speed limits, and promote respect for one another.