Michael Edward Kehoe
836 65th St., Kenosha
retired attorney, family court commissioner and substitute teacher
bachelor’s degree, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; juris doctorate, Marquette University Law School
1) What makes you a strong candidate for the Kenosha Unified School Board?
My record of training, experience and civic involvement demonstrates competence and commitment badly needed by the board during this difficult time. In particular, my mediation and arbitration skills will be most helpful as the board attempts to move from confrontation to conciliation and consensus in decision making. As a foster parent of sorely troubled youth, as an advocate for adults and especially children impacted by domestic dysfunction and trauma, and as a provider for services for minorities struggling to better their condition, I am in a unique position to support the mission of the district.
2) What qualities would you most like to see in the next Unified superintendent?
The next superintendent must first be a listener. The willingness and ability to listen to others is essential to assessing the functional difficulties of both the board and administration and therefore key to resolving them. The superintendent must also value and seek the voices of parents, students and teachers for only by doing so will he or she be able to measure the performance of KUSD and determine its needs. Most importantly, the superintendent must possess a personality that respects and appreciates people, because only such an individual can bring them together.
3) If you could make one change in the school district, what would it be and why?
I would like to see a district in which anyone, be they student, teacher, parent or citizen, could bring any concern whatever to any level of KUSD with confidence that they would be treated with consideration and respect and that their matter would be attended to sincerely and in a timely manner. The same response would be accorded recommendations for changes and improvements. I believe that such a culture is attainable by a board and superintendent that by their actions make it clear to all that it is their goal and that they will insist upon it.