McHenry County Board John Reinert has researched how the McHenry High School Board could meet the needs of its students without voters approving the borrowing of $44 million.
That is the amount of the bond issue on the November ballot for McHenry High School District 156 voters.
Reinert poses shifting students from the McHenry High School District to the Crystal Lake High School District.
Crystal Lake High School has fewer students that in the past and could absorb the number that will be served by the $44 million addition proposed in the referendum.
Here is Reinert’s proposal:
District 156 $44,000,000 Referendum
There may be other options to the upcoming referendum for the McHenry School District 156 to spend an additional $44,000,000 on repairs and expanding their East and West Campuses.
An adjustment in the district boundary line between Crystal Lake District 155 north to Bull Valley Road into McHenry District 156 may be a solution that could save tax payers Tens of Millions of Dollars.
Currently the school enrollment numbers are down over 10% in both Crystal Lake and McHenry school districts.
Crystal Lake has 3 high schools including Prairie Ridge High School that is way below capacity.
Possibly even more appealing, Prairie Ridge is located at the Northern end of the district.
This could make a boundary move North to Bull Valley Road even less costly for bus transportation.
District boundary adjustments to save money and resources have never been researched in McHenry County for as long as I can remember!
Speaking with McHenry officials and District 155 Board members along with fellow McHenry County board members and the Regional Office of Education superintendent, this could be a viable solution to avoid spending up to $44,000,000.
I would hope the voters deny this request to spend these tax Dollars until District 155 and 156 come up with a solution avoiding this possible unnecessary $44,000,000 expenditure.
School Districts throughout McHenry County need to seek alternative answers to costly actions such as this referendum could cause.