Mequon-Thiensville School Board recall election to be held Nov. 2

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MEQUON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Parents will soon vote on replacing a majority of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board.

A group of parents frustrated with district policy successfully got enough signatures to force a recall election.

Mequon Street is a good example of how this community is divided.

You see signs supporting the current board members on one side of the road, but right across the street you'll see a sign asking parents to remove the current members.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, both sides square off in the polls.

Amber Schroeder says a rotating cast of 200+ volunteers have been pushing for a new Mequon-Thiensville School Board since June.

"They realized it's not just me. It's not just me seeing the decline in education," Schroeder said. "It's not just me having to get my kids tutoring. It's not just me having to assist my child with their homework."

The group Restore MTSD says the current board was too strict on COVID-19 restrictions, they are against teaching critical race theory and concerned about a historically top-tier district's test scores slipping.

"We really just want to get the word out that the decline in Mequon-Thiensville School District is real. And not only is it real, it's significant."

Parents concerned with the movement for new members formed Support MTSD.

Group treasurer Nancy Urbani says the precedent of statewide Republican groups and candidates financing local races is concerning.

"Financial influence shouldn't determine who's a school board member," Urbani said. "It should be their qualifications, their pride in their job, their belief in our schools."

She adds a new board majority could dramatically overhaul the existing system.

"This immediate takeover could really cause a lot of teachers to leave. I think that causes a lot of chaos in my children's school if all of the sudden there's a brand new superintendent."

You can cast an early vote until Friday. After that, you'll have to wait until the election is held on Tuesday.

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