I’ve run the increased cost side of the numbers for merging McHenry Grade School District 15 and Wonder Lake’s Harrison School District 36 with McHenry High School District 156 and the numbers verify the judgment of the seven school board candidates Wednesday night.
When asked if they favored consolidation, as proposed Democratic Party Governor Pat Quinn, the answers were
“No,” “No,” “No,” “No,” “No,” “No,” “No.”
When I calculated the addition cost that bringing grade school teacher salaries up to those enjoyed by Crystal Lake’s High School District 155 teachers, the number was an extra $27 million.
I didn’t know how to calculate the savings from fewer administrators, but Quinn estimated the total to be $100 million statewide. Would it be even a million dollars savings in District 155?
Elementary school teachers in McHenry District 15 earn an average of $53,496 a year, according to its 2010 School Report Card. (The link can actually be found on the front page of the district’s web site.)
In Harrison, the figure is $46,653. You can see the whole report card here.
The weighted average of the two is $52,853.
If you are into source data, it’s below:
Average salaries and number of teachers
- McHenry High School District 156 – $68,228 – 158 teachers
- McHenry Grade School District 15 – $53,496 – 282 teachers
- Harrison Grade School District 36 – $46,653 – 29 teachers
So, if we subtract the average grade school salary ($53,496) from the average high school salary ($68,228) the difference is $14,732. (The link to the high school 2010 School Report Card can be found here.)
With a total of 311 elementary school teachers, the total salary differential is $4,581,652.
Not as much as for District 155 to the south, but still a hefty number.