Racine Unified's superintendent under investigation

CREATED May 19, 2014

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RACINE -- The head of Racine’s Unified School District is under fire.

Kenosha County’s Human Services Department is investigating a complaint lodged against Lolli Haws, who took over as superintendent in July.

Recently, Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig’s office fielded a complaint about Haws.

TODAY’S TMJ4 has learned the complaint is directly related to an incident about a month ago in a first grade classroom at Knapp Elementary School.

“One of the things we decided to do was substitute teach—each of us—for half a day in the classroom. Last month, I did that and I faced some challenges,” Haws explained to TODAY’S TMJ4’s Cody Holyoke.

“It’s difficult, and many teachers face the same set of circumstances,” Haws added when discussing class size and other issues facing the school district.

Haws won’t say what those ‘challenges’ were.  County leaders refused to comment as well, telling TODAY'S TMJ4 the case involves kids.

County Executive Ladwig asked Kenosha County staffers to get involved to avoid a conflict of interest in the investigation.

Ladwig tells TODAY’S TMJ4 if Haws is found to be at fault, she could face punishment or potentially criminal charges, depending on the severity of the allegations.

Stay with TODAY’S TMJ4 for the latest on this story.