In its Strategic Plan, which can be found in the Board Packet for Thursday night’s meeting, McHenry County College reports on some conclusions from the top secret board meeting in last year in 2012 before the Board turnover.
From reading what was reported, I cannot figure out why the meeting had to be behind closed doors.
Please skim what the college has seen fit to publish:
I focused on the perceived “threats.”
Look what is on top:
Since I’m pretty much the only blogger that covers McHenry County College, I guess that’s aimed at me.
Put more openly, I think one could conclude that anyone who tries to figure out what MCC is doing and concludes that proposals like:
- the minor league baseball stadium that would put taxpayers on the hook for $25 million to be repaid over more than twenty years
- the tallest broadcast tower in Illinois, which would blight the skyline of northern Crystal Lake
- the $42 million health club-classroom expansion
make little or no sense
That is a conclusion of an institution that is not dedicated to transparency, let alone democracy.
“Baggage – history” is another listed threat.
That probably refers to the three proposals listed above.
“Taxpayer backlash” is listed as another threat.
I guess I and a lot of other people fit into that category.
Related is “Funding.” Those in charge of tax districts think their role in life is to extract as much money from taxpayers as possible—otherwise, it is “lost forever.”
Let me type all of the so-called “threats”:
- Media and bloggers
- Online universities
- Taxpayer backlash
- Discontinuity of Board membership
- Baggage – history
- No continuity – staff, strategic plan and direction
Note that included in the list is the turnover of membership on the Board. I guess that means new members Molly Walsh, Tom Wilbeck and Chris Jenner are threats.
How on earth did those three let this get into the Strategic Plan?
One final thought: No wonder MCC does not want people to be able to copy and paste their documents.
The Thursday meeting starts at 6:30.