In her letter to McHenry County Board Finance and Audit Committee members last week, there were suggestions of how local taxpayers might save money in meeting the housing needs of students.
Alden-Hebron Unit District
Does Alden-Hebron really need a new $20,000,000 H.S. for 120 students? I attended the Alden-Hebron Community meeting. The tax payers in attendance were overwhelming against the impact it will have on property taxes. There are several other alternatives.
- Consolidation with another adjacent district: Richmond-Burton or Woodstock. This remedy has many hurdles.
- Remodel current H.S. Architect is quoting $14,000,000.
- Deactivation of Alden-Hebron H.S., maintain Alden-Hebron District #19, dissolve H.S. and building and send High School students to another district at a mutually agreed upon tuition rate.
Prairie Grove Grade School District
Does the Prairie Grove #46 need millions of dollars in building improvements or should it Consolidate with Crystal Lake Elementary District which has declining enrollment? [Down 13% in nine years.] I have sent an email to the Chairman addressing how this situation may be a good place to start the consolidation discussion.