Second candidate emerges for Paris School Board

Where there once were no candidates for Paris School Board this April there now are two.

Mike Cavalenes announced this week that he is running as a write-in candidate for the one position on the board to be filled in April.

Earlier this month, Doug Boss announced he would be running a write-in candidacy for the position.

Incumbent board President Leslie Holloway is not running for re-election.

Neither Boss nor Cavalenes will be on the ballot because they filed their candidacy after the deadline.

Cavalenes has a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering and a masters degree in Engineering Management, both from Northwestern University. He has worked for Northrop, Motorola, Hewlett Packard and ran his own consulting business for several years. He is retired.



  1. Jack says:

    This man is also known as “Northwestern Mike” to readers of the Kenosha News. He’s a very strong Tea Party supporter. If you agree with the recent decisions by Scott Walker, vote for him. I don’t, and won’t.

  2. Northwestern Mike says:

    All four of the previous fliers I have sent out had a Gadsden (Don’t tread on me) on them.
    You can see for yourself on my first flier. Here is the link. Checkout page 6 of this pdf. >>
    Here is the link for my second flier. Checkout page 6. >>

    The Gasden is a symbol of the Tea Party and I believe in the fiscal responsibility the group talks about especially for Paris school. I have also stated my name in a later flier.
    I will post links for those.
    Mike Cavalenes

  3. Northwestern Mike says:

    Here is a link to MY press release. Some information was left out in this notice.

  4. Northwestern Mike says:

    I propose a debate with Mr. Boss moderated by the FACT committee. How about we discuss the financial problems facing Paris school?

  5. Northwestern Mike says:

    Hey Jack, you come too, so you can learn about Paris school finances. My position agrees with what Roger Gahart said in the Kenosha news.

  6. Jack says:

    The school seems to be doing pretty good. Why mess with that?

  7. RetroJ says:

    Is this what you’ve been doing? Time for a Tea Party.

  8. RetroJ says:


  9. Northwestern Mike says:

    RetroJ, where have you been hiding? I guess you won’t pay to get access to KN.
    I paid so I could keep abreast of local news and I could post. There are plenty of liberals to take your place. You could always read the comments without paying. Just reading comments gets old. You need to get back in the game. Wish me luck, but I suppose that is unlikely. >>>> Jack read the FACT minutes on the Paris website ( under school board before you make that statement. The administrator won’t put the charts mentioned in the minutes on the website because he said members did not approve them with the minutes. I talked to majority of the members and they disagree with him. I wonder if it has something to do with me creating all the charts.

  10. RetroJ says:

    Still stirring the pot, eh? I guess someone needs to make trouble.

    And you’re correct, what kind of fool would pay for online news? What’s next, coin slots in your home bathroom?

  11. chris says:

    You would have been better off running as a write-in for the Town Board.

  12. Northwestern Mike says:

    Chris, why do you say that? I know very little about how the town runs or its financing. It also is not raising our taxes. I know a lot about school finances and they have raised our taxes 29%.

  13. chris says:

    The Town is not taxing its residents “yet”. The school has cut their spending because of budget cuts – the Town has not backed up on any spending, even in light of the fact that they are getting less and less money. I believe the school is working on a very slim budget – go get a copy of the town’s budget and see for yourself where they’ve not cut any budget items. They haven’t. In fact, even in light of losing almost $300,000.00 in interest last year alone, because of poor investments, there were no budget cuts. If you think your tax bill is high now with only the school on it, what do you think it will be like when the town and the county taxes become part of the bill?
    Don’t knock yourself – you know a lot more about finances than the people in office.

  14. Northwestern Mike says:

    Chris, The town’s dilemma reminds me of something Ronald Reagan said in regards to what Doyle did last year when he raised tipping fees. “If you want less of something tax it more.” If the tipping fees are reduced maybe the town’s cash cow will come back. I am not a fan of the dump in Paris, but the revenue it generates is nice. Town of Paris needs to recruit some other businesses here that could replace the dump. >>> I have to disagree with you that the school has cut its spending. It hired another teacher last year and gave raises to teachers. It added more teachers to the Post Employment Benefits rolls. How is that cutting spending? >> It is NOT. >>> I am not interested in the town’s budget because my taxes are not going up while they are going up because of the school. You seem to be interested in the town’s finances; you should run as a write-in candidate.

  15. Xfactor says:

    Waste Mgmt. has backed out of their contract and the Town of Paris needs to hold them to it. WM’s issues are with the state, not Paris. I don’t believe that the Town Board has stood up to them at all. I could be wrong because they won’t disclose any information on the matter. If they continue to let this happen those local taxes are on their way in a hurry!

  16. Xfactor says:

    Yes, Mike, a dump is not a pleasant thing to have as a focus of your town but it built up the coffers. Some residential growth is fundamental and new businesses are also key for the future. After the way the drag strip has been handled, people are probably afraid to even try to make a go of a business in Paris. 15k of Paris money wasted on a sound study that said, it’s not that loud at all. Not to mention all the legal fees Great Lakes Dragaway has incurred, plus all the new lighting, speaker changes, and now a massive row of trees. Some of the Town Board is living in the past and Paris is losing ground because of it. Literally.

  17. RetroJ says:

    Hey Mikey, pretty soon you’ll need to pay the town tax. You don’t pay that tax now, do you? The garbage money is drying up but the smell lingers forever.

  18. chris says:

    Yes, RetroJ – the money is drying up but the Board still spends! Mike should pick up a copy of their budget.

  19. Xfactor says:

    The chairman needs to move on. Time has passed him by in that capacity.

  20. chris says:

    Not only the chairman. They act like the money belongs to them. NOT!

  21. parisonic says:

    I LIKE MIKE!!!

    We need somebody on the board with a strong understanding of finance and long-term planning and budgeting. Somebody with a plan to save the school, fairly compensate our fine teachers and staff, and not break the taxpayer’s backs. I’ve seen your plan and I am very impressed. It’s the first rational plan I’ve seen, and I’m happy to support you.

  22. Xfactor says:

    Anybody know what Boss stands for?

  23. loveparis says:

    Parisonic and Mike you guys just don’t get it.

    Parisonic have you ever attened one of these meetings? Have you ever seen the budget? Do you know how state funding works? Have you ever met Mike? It sounds like you haven’t. The way the state funding is set up and how WEAC works corners school boards into very tight stiuations. To solve this problem we need to change the state funding. And Mike doesn’t understand this he has his own budget and the way we deal with these problems in his own little world, and he is a “my way or the highway” kind of person. LEARN FOR YOURSELF!

    Mike yes they cut money. Why did we hire another teacher? BECAUSE IT WAS A CLASS OF OVER THIRTY KIDS! One teacher cannot deal with thirty kindergardners everyday for five days. Teachers contracts, we were on the verge of arbitration and that would have been a real mess and you still would have complained about it espcailly if the union proposal was picked. If you are elected you will recieve a wake up call and it will not be pretty!

  24. Northwestern MIke says:

    I get it very well so much so that I created my own spreadsheet to forecast the school budget. Go visit the Paris school website ( under school board tab. Go read the FACT minutes as discussed by Paris residents. Nowhere in the minutes is it “my way or the highway.” The budget presented in the FACT minutes was the school budget not my budget. Go ask Roger. He supplied the data I plugged it into my model. Roger and Christina attended the FACT minutes and neither of them disputed the number used in the forecasts I created.
    The scapegoat is always the funding formula. The argument goes like this. Let’s get state funding to cover the costs of education. But inside the cost of education are the lavish benefits, pensions, Post employment Benefits as defined by the unions. They want the funding or revenue to cover this spending. I say reduce the spending, which can now be done with the collective bargaining changes passed by the state. By the way Roger was quoted in the Kenosha news as saying the changes made by the governor will help with Paris’ financial situation.
    The kindergarten class was over thirty students because of Open Enrollment students. I did not object to hiring the extra teacher as the extra revenue covered the costs. My objection is hiring teachers without looking at the long-term costs like Post Employment Benefits and declining Paris enrollment.

  25. Northwestern MIke says:

    Loveparis, I did not see you attend the Paris budget meetings. The budget meeting were attended by two school board members, Roger, Christina, and myself. You could be one on those members, but I doubt it, for you show a lack of budget knowledge. If you understand school funding as well as you say you do, why didn’t you attend the FACT meeting and lend us you expertise?
    From the school budget, State aid has declined $240K from $623K in 2007 to $383K in 2010. PEB for the three years, 2008 thru 2010, is $772.5K. The PEB expense is $482K higher than the State Aid revenue. How is this not a spending problem?
    Loveparis, the board gave teachers a 2.9% raise. How is this cutting money?
    If you are so smart why didn’t you send multiple fliers to residents and explain Paris’ financial issues to them?

  26. RetroJ says:

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, hi mikey, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

  27. loveparis says:

    Mike, for all you I could have attended Paris budget meetings, you don’t even know who I am and you can’t be positive on where I’m from. Just based on my “name” you could assume that I live in Paris, but are you sure. Perhaps I don’t live there and I just happen to know people who do, and I dissagree with you, and this is how I get my point across. Or maybe I do live in Paris. My point here is that you have flown off the handle and you don’t even know anything about me other than I dissagree with you. If you can make an assumption over something as simple as this perhaps you have made assumptions about the Paris budget.

  28. loveparis says:

    Mike, I appologize, I miss read the part in your comment about my attendance at budget meetings However you still don’t know anything else about me as stated in my previous comment. If you reread my first comment I did not mention the budget in quite a manner that you suggested, I was merely asking parisonic if he/she had ever seen or hear of the Paris budget.

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