McHenry County College Inviting Public

Something called “MAP” is being kicked off Tuesday, March 31st at the McHenry County College cafeteria.

Running from 6:30 to 8:30, MAP, described as “a new community engagement project to help shape the future of the college.” Session 1 will be held in the MCC cafeteria.

This is the effort my instinct and past local experience tells me is the prelude to a tax hike or bond referendum or both. (I’ll be happy to be proven wrong, by the way.)

The college board hired tax hike experts Unicom-ARC out of St. Louis to conduct a $137,750 “a community engagement, planning and development” effort.

Undoubtedly receiving special invitations are local residents listed in this story. More were added here.

My hope is that some people whose primary interest is the protection of the taxpayers will become involved in this series of meetings, if only to keep me informed of what’s going on.

The college press release describes the project as

“…awareness-building efforts. A key goal for these sessions is to receive input from community members on key issues facing the college. This input will ultimately contribute to the development of a revised strategic plan for MCC. All sessions are open to the public and will continue once a month through August 2009. 

“Each community engagement session will focus on a different key topic, including Safety and Security, Emerging Technologies, Affordability, New Programming, Accessibility and some additional topics. Every meeting will include a short presentation, followed by a breakout group activity for all participants. The March 31 session will include an orientation to MAP, as well as a state of the college overview. Some upcoming dates and their topics include:

  • April 21 – Responding to local educational, social, cultural, and economic needs.
  • May 12 – Meeting changing expectations of higher education.
  • June 2 – Promoting diversity and creating an inviting college community of respect and acceptance.

“A complete schedule of sessions and topics are available at www.mchenry.edu/community. For more information, contact Christina Haggerty, director of marketing and public relations, at (815) 455-8727.”

Now, if MCC would just allow the public the information that led its board to decide to sell 4 acres to BMB Communications Management. So far, the only evidence of due diligence is a report from its risk management adviser.


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