Gary J. Kunich

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Name:

Gary J. Kunich

Age:

45

Address:

7728 14th Ave., Kenosha

Occupation:

public relations for the Department of Veterans Affairs Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Education:

bachelor’s degree in journalism, master’s degree in digital media communications

Elected experience:

none

1) What makes you a strong candidate for the Kenosha Unified School Board?

I will restore honesty, transparency and accountability to this board and the district.

As the Kenosha News education reporter, I wrote nearly 1,000 stories on KUSD and fairly reported on the administration, school board and union. This gives me a unique insight into the issues and people who run this district.

I have 27 years of leadership and communication experience and will work with everyone.

2) What qualities would you most like to see in the next Unified superintendent?

Communication, collaboration and common sense — that's the best way to develop and implement a five-year plan to address the issues in the curriculum audit.

We need someone with a track record for success who isn't afraid to learn from great schools and communicate those strategies. The superintendent must be accessible and not afraid to collaborate with everyone. Laws must be followed for the good of everyone, not just to please one group or another.

3) If you could make one change in the school district, what would it be and why?

More transparency. This was addressed in the curriculum audit. It simply doesn't exist. Board members refuse to respond to citizens and tried shutting down all citizen comments. This is wrong!

There is a great deal of anger in this community because of the board actions in November. Parents, teachers and taxpayers want a functional school board with honesty, transparency, integrity and independence. This is the only way we can have a great school district.

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