Port-Saukville School Board election to fill vacancy at last

Two candidates are running for new at-large seat approved by voters last year
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A change in the way one of its members is elected promises to fill a seat on the Port Washington-Saukville School Board that has been vacant for more than three years.

Two candidates are running in the April 2 election for a recently created at-large seat that replaces one that represented a small area of the towns of Saukville and Grafton. They are City of Port Washington residents Maureen McCourt Boylan and Yvonne Klotz.

McCourt Boylan, who ran unsuccessfully for a City of Port Washington seat on the school board in April 2018, is the director of community relations at Lincoln Village Senior Living in Port Washington.

Klotz, who is making her first bid for elected office, is a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Webster Middle School in Cedarburg.

Also on the ballot are incumbents Kelly O’Connell-Perket, who has long represented the City of Port Washington on the board and serves as clerk, and Brian Stevens, who also represents the city and is vice president of the board. They are both running unopposed.

Before they were changed, board bylaws called for the nine-person board to consist of five members from the City of Port Washington, two from the Village of Saukville and one each from the Town of Port Washington and the small section of the district in the towns of Saukville and Grafton.

A referendum approved by voters in April 2018 eliminated the town of Grafton-Saukville seat and replaced it with one that can be filled by a person living anywhere in the school district. 

For 16 years, that seat had been occupied by Jim Eden, who served as board president for two of those years before resigning in March 2014.

The board appointed Paul Krechel in July 2014. Krechel ran unopposed in the April 2015 election but resigned in October of that year.

The seat has been vacant since then.

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