Recall campaign launched against Onalaska school board member

Recall efforts are underway for a member of the Onalaska School Board.

Paperwork to recall board member Jake Speed was formally submitted late last week, and a campaign to collect the signatures needed to force a recall election was launched Wednesday night.

Speed was censured by the rest of the board in April and is being accused of refusing to perform the duties of the office, among other grievances about his conduct.

Earlier this year, Speed claimed the district was sending him viruses through e-mail attachments, which the district said was not true.

Former board president Mark Cassellius is the petitioner who filed for the recall. He says Speed’s actions have gotten in the way of the board being able to conduct business.

“He’s just a very disruptive force on the school board, a major distraction to doing the business that the board needs to do and the board wants to do,” said Cassellius.

The group needs to collect more than 1700 signatures by October 3rd in order to force a recall, but they’re hoping to collect 2000, knowing Speed will likely challenge the signatures.

Speed successfully challenged the nomination signatures of two opponents leading up to the 2016 spring election, resulting in him being the only candidate listed on the ballot.

If enough signatures are verified in the recall effort, a recall election would be held 2 to 3 months after the October deadline.

News 8 attempted to contact Speed for comment, but he has disabled incoming calls to the phone number listed on the district’s web site.