Board Chair Yolanda Adams said, “Mr. Wade has served the families, students and staff of KUSD with heart and integrity. The role of a board member is not always easy, but he has done his best to make decisions that will have a positive impact on our community today, tomorrow and for years to come. “
She added that Wade’s resignation took school board members by surprise, however. Adams said the board understands how health issues “can impact an elected official’s ability to attend meetings and represent their constituents.”
Adams praised Wade for his unique perspective with an experience no one who has served as a school board member has had: the former Kenosha Police Chief.
“He knows the community well,” she said in a statement.
She said he brought with him long-standing relationships with many city and county officials, as well as community businesses and nonprofits.
During his career, Wade has held community positions at the Boys and Girls Club, the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Council, Every Childs Place, the Wisconsin Police Chiefs Advisory Council, the Boy Scout Commissioner , volunteer work for “Dream Playground” and volunteer / advocate work for Special Olympics, among others.
Wade’s resignation leaves a vacancy that is expected to be filled until April 2023, when his term expires.