McHenry Grade School District 15 Candidates’ Challenge Teachers’ Slate

Through a combination of resignations and terms ending, there are six spots up for election on the McHenry Grade School Board.

Those dedicated to cutting taxes have issued the following palm card:

Jan Reimann, Hugo Mercado, Janet Szmkowiak, Kevin McConville , Erik Sivertsen and Mark Jaeger are running together to break the teacher union lock on the District 15 Board.

The six-candidate taxpayer slate state their platform on this side of the palm card.

The District 15 ballot looks like this:

McHenry Grade School District ballot in 2017.


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McHenry Grade School District 15 Candidates’ Challenge Teachers’ Slate — 8 Comments

  1. For comparative purposes, here are the Operating Tax Rates for all K-8 (Elementary) Districts in McHenry County:

    Dist Rate/$100 EAV
    2 4.1067
    3 5.7173
    15 5.5323
    18 3.9682
    26 3.8827
    36 6.2208
    46 4.8788
    47 4.3488
    165 3.3357

    The high rates experienced by D-3 and D-36 can be explained by their low enrollment causing dis-economies of scale, but I’ve never understood how D-15’s rate is 42.5% higher than D-26’s rate given D-15 has almost twice the enrollment of D-26.

  2. The transparency candidates have the bottom positions on the ballot:

    2-Year Term, 3rd & 4th positions on the ballot

    – Jan Riemann (3rd position)

    – Janet Szymkowiak (4th position)

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    4-Yaer Term, 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th positions on the ballot

    – Hugo Mercado (4th position)

    – Erik Sivertsen (5th position)

    – Kevin McConville (6th position)

    – Mark Jaeger (6th position)

  3. Operating Tax Rate per $100 EAV of McHenry County elementary school districts, sorted by school district number:

    Nippersink District 2 (Richmond, Spring Grove) – 4.1067%

    Fox River Grove District 3 – 5.7173%

    McHenry District 15 – 5.5323%

    Riley District 18 (Marengo) – 3.9682

    Cary District 26 – 3.8827%

    Harrison District 36 (Wonder Lake) – 6.2208

    Prairie Grove District 46 – 4.8788

    Crystal Lake District 47 – 4.3488

    Marengo Union District 165 – 3.3357%

  4. Operating Tax Rate per $100 EAV of McHenry County elementary districts, sorted by operating tax rate:

    Harrison District 36 (Wonder Lake) – 6.2208

    Fox River Grove District 3 – 5.7173%

    McHenry District 15 – 5.5323%

    Prairie Grove District 46 – 4.8788

    Crystal Lake District 47 – 4.3488

    Nippersink District 2 (Richmond, Spring Grove) – 4.1067%

    Riley District 18 (Marengo) – 3.9682

    Cary District 26 – 3.8827%

    Marengo Union District 165 – 3.3357%

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    The other elementary schools in McHenry County are in unit districts.

    Unit districts include elementary & high schools in one district.

    Unit districts in McHenry County:

    Huntley District 158

    Woodstock District 200

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    So what about merging elementary and high school districts in McHenry County?

    In Illinois, when an elementary district is merged with a high school district to form a unit district, the result has been the teacher salary grid of the highest paying district is used.

    Used to think that was a state law, but maybe it is just common practice.

    The concept is known as equalizing salary contracts.

    So for example if the teacher salary grid of the elementary district is lower than the high school district, in the past, the elementary teachers have received a salary hike.

    Taxpayers could demand a different method to deal with the teacher salary contracts.

  5. The reform candidates in McHenry Elementary District 15 are having a meet the candidate event on Thursday March 23, 2017 from 6 – 9PM at Corkscrew Point, 1402 Riverside Drive, McHenry

  6. OK remember now in the case of a school district reorganization – merger – consolidation – etc. there is no state law requiring the higher salary schedule be used.

    That has been common practice but its’ not a state law.

    So what’s needed to avoid implementing an elementary teacher salary hike for no good reason during elementary school / high school reorganizations – mergers – consolidations – etc., is voter education for the referendum and locally elected boards who will not cave in to the teacher unions.

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