Lori Blodorn to Resign from School Board

Blodorn will accept a job in the human resources department with the school district she's represented since 2010.

Menomonee Falls School Board member Lori Blodorn has announced she will not run for reelection in spring. Instead, she’s accepted a position as the human resources manager with the Falls school district.

Blodorn will resign from the School Board within the next few weeks and begin her new job with the district in January. More than 75 candidates were reviewed for the open human resources position and about a dozen were interviewed, according to a news release from the district. Blodorn will replace Ken Kuberka who is leaving for a job with his prior employer.

“We are confident in Lori’s ability to assist in the positive progression that the district has and continues to undertake in the human resources arena,” said Christiane Standlee, director of human resources.

The School Board will decide in January how to handle Blodorn’s vacancy on the board. The board could appoint someone who would be up for election in April, or continue to operate with just six board memebers.

Three seats on the School Board are up for election in spring. Scott Ternes has filed his paperwork for reelection. Faith VanderHorst has verbally committed to running again, but she has yet to file her necessary paperwork.

Blodorn has served on the School Board since 2010, and she was selected as vice president in April.

“I’m excited to join the district in my new role,” said Blodorn. “We have begun some great initiatives to better educate our children, and it’s gratifying to become part of that.”

The deadline to file for candidacy is Jan. 2. If more than two challengers emerge for an open seat, a primary would be held Feb. 19. Falls School Board members are paid $5,000 annually.

Nomination papers for the Village Board can be picked up at the clerk's office in Village Hall. School Board papers must be picked up in the district offices, which is also in Village Hall.

W . Benz December 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Insider rewarded very nice... Any guess who will be pushed .. = M.G . So did Ken have a contract and how long has he been @ the Dist.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) December 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM
You consider HR a nice reward? I consider it overhead.
Carl Engelking December 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Fire Fly - why don't you run for School Board, become an insider, and make the changes you envision?
W . Benz December 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Well Carl it's looks like you have commented more and more on the patch, have you been Co- Op by the folks your reporting on. Carl to answer your question ! what makes you think I haven't , So Carl maybe you should run as a insider but I think you'll have to give up your day job .... One last thing about running myself It's called Conflict of interest ... Thanks anyway !!
Carl Engelking December 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Have I been co-op with the people I report on? What are you implying? I am commenting more on Patch becuase I enjoy thorough discussion.
Chris V December 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I'm curious on her HR experience. I didn't see any reference to her currently working in the field or her experience in HR. The role of HR Manager requires several years of experience at a minimum. Carl do you have her background?
Carl Engelking December 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM
This is from her site when she ran for School Board - "Over the past three years, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to stay home with my kids. Prior to that, I practiced law for ten years in the areas of business law and estate planning. I practiced in one of the largest firms in the country, as well as in my own practice that I built with hard work, quality work product, and an unyielding commitment to my clients. My experience in the practice of law enables me to understand complex issues in a comprehensive way, communicate difficult issues so that they are understandable, and apply rational solutions that work." She also served on the Personnel Committee, and the Policy Committee for the School Board since 2010.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) December 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Fire Fly, you're a true conspiracy theorist. Or paranoid. Either way, entertaining.
W . Benz December 19, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Carl I think they call it Journalism objectivity but feel free to express your unbiased opinions since your the M.F. patch editor. --- Enjoy Nuitari it's called cronyism / patronage. Chris V : Good point !
WEACHATER December 19, 2012 at 12:56 AM
One WEAC leaning member down and one to go!
Jann December 19, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Chris V: Good question and it looks like the answer is she doesn't have a background in HR. Over 75 people applied and someone without HR experience gets the job.
Carl Engelking December 19, 2012 at 01:15 AM
My journalism is unbiased Fire Fly and I think most of the Patch readers will support me on that claim, but I am entitled to ask questions right? That's what I do. So I simply asked you a question. You'll likely challenge everything I say, but that's O.K. I'm confident in my reporting ability, and I'm confident in my ability to garner more in depth discussion of local issue without jeopardizing my integrity.
dave December 19, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I can't believe anyone thinks this is not a slimy under the table load of crap-ola. No wonder so many people don't trust the school board, or the administration. Worse yet nobody in the selection process thought this smelled rotten.
Carl Engelking December 19, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I'll do a little digging dave - I'm on vacation next week though.
W . Benz December 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Attorney Ms Blodorn was one of the Board members that negotiated the last CBA & voted for it, is it no wonder why she not running for re-election. == Lame Duck !! Attorney Blodorn also violated the open meetings law by not releasing the tentative contract and charges were filed, [ Belling ] . Didn't Belling interview the Patch on his afternoon show about this open meeting violation ? Nuitari : Conspriacy theories is on True TV monday nites .
Carl Engelking December 19, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Belling was making sure I requested the contract - which I did on Saturday evening after I had found out the contract was ratified in a closed session meeting the night before.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) December 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Thanks Fire Fly, or should I say, Gossip Girl? I'd like to know your conflict of interest because I would like to see you run for the spot. I am not sympathetic to some of these current school boards.
W . Benz December 19, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Blodorn has not been gamefully employed for 4 years and returns to the employment ranks in a field she has no experience ,surpassing current employed HR specialist applicants . Attorney Blodorn goes from $ 5 k as a school board member to $$$$$$$$ per year selected by a personnel committee made up of who . Attorney Blodorn " understand complex issues " communicate difficult issues " I.E. Like the last school board contract !!! ------ CRONYISM ---
W . Benz December 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Nuitari here is some more Gossip for you -- Ms Blodorn is listed as NOT having a license to practice law according to the state of Wisconsin web site . Q: When was the last time Blodorn practice law and has continuous education as req. .... Atty Qualifications she cited on her Bio from what 6 years ago ?
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) December 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Very interesting. Well done.
Di Atribe December 19, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I'm highly suspect of the school board, many of its members, and the likelihood she's the best candidate out of 75 applicants. But I try to be honest with my criticisms. The contract ratified the other year contained virtually everything the Walker Plan entailed. The process was what threw me for a loop, as well as my perception of the board's arrogance. It's curious she was the most qualified at this time, given the connection to the district and Greco's daughter being involved. I don't trust that family and their friends one bit. But again, she does seem qualified. It's not like somebody like me got the job--I admit I probably wouldn't do very well. All I ask is for an investigation about the other candidates and a fair review of the facts.
Chris V December 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Thanks Carl. As a HR professional, she is not qualified for this position. Being an attorney does not prepare you for the demands of HR management. Poor hire by the district.
W . Benz December 19, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Di : Exactly to many of your points . A few years back it was former V Prez Greco that made the motion to up the salary of board members saying " You'll have to work a little harder " so did they ? The Board passed the CBA before the deadline knowing that Act 10 was going into effect and was upheld as law. FYI this was before Dr.Greco's appointment as superintendent ..
W . Benz December 21, 2012 at 02:29 AM
The Fix was in .


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