A friend of McHenry County Blog sent this to my inbox:
Action on District 155’s Superintendent’s Contract at Special Meeting Tuesday Night
Looks like District 155 is up to their old tricks regarding lack of transparency to the taxpayers of District 155 which encompasses Fox River Grove, Cary, Crystal Lake, Oakwood Hills, Prairie Grove and Lakewood.
Listed below is a Special Meeting Agenda for the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board
It says the Board will go into Closed Session so they can privately discuss Superintendent Johnnie Thomas’ performance. That is pretty typical for any employee performance assessment.
What is unusual is that the Board and Superintendent choose to have a SPECIAL MEETING, rather than consider this at a regularly scheduled one.
Naturally, fewer people attend special meetings than go to regular meetings.
Perhaps they choose to ‘go under the radar, because after they emerge from their closed session it looks like they will be voting on whether to give the Superintendent a raise or bonus.
Yes, this is the same Superintendent who led the Bleacher debacle that cost taxpayers over $2 Million in capital costs, fines to the City of Crystal Lake, and attorney fees.
Here are the pertinent agenda items, as well as the attached agenda (emphasis added):
IV. Motion to Adjourn for Executive Session A. Appointment, Employment, Compensation, Discipline, Performance or Dismissal of Employee(s) (Section C1) – Evaluation of the Superintendent
VI. Return to Open Session – Possible Action A. Appointment, Employment, Compensation, Discipline, Performance or Dismissal of Employee(s) (Section C1) – Report on Goals of the Superintendent and Contractual Items
Looks like the Board learned from last year in which six of the seven board members voted for the Superintendent to receive a $14,000 bonus, with only newly elected Board Member Rosemary Kurtz voting “No.”
A Special Meeting is a convenient way to keep the public out of the loop.
If you don’t like this situation you should attend this meeting and make a public comment.
After all, District 155 represents about 30-35% of your property taxes.
Board members need to know what you think.
Tomorrow’s meeting location is down the road off Route 14 from Walgrens at the corner of Virginia Road & Berkshire – CENTER FOR EDUCATION (One South Virginia Street Road in Crystal Lake) at 7 pm. You should arrive 10 minutes early to sign up to make a statement to the Board.