Cary Grade School Board President Scott Coffey sent the following letter on behalf of his candidacy.
From the reply from the Crystal Lake teachers union, you can see it was not considered favorable. The reply is below the letter.
The District 155 board is rife with conflicts of interest.
Six of the members are either retired teachers, teachers in nearby districts, or have relatives who work for District 155.
And the board just voted to give teachers a 12% raise over the next three years.
While enrollment has fallen 12.7% from the peak, expenditures per pupil have gone from $11,766 to $15,685 a 33% increase!
Worse, the District budget has run a massive deficit for the second year in a row.
If things don’t change, District 155 is simply going to run out of money.
We need common sense leadership on the board, people who will watch out for the students and the community.
You’re not going to get that from the people who caused this problem.
If you want a District that works, and members who care, please vote for Meghan Tillson and Scott Coffey.
Scott has served on the Cary 26 school board for nine years.
He was one of the people responsible for bring D26 back from the brink when it was nearly insolvent.
Scott is a CPA and his knowledge of school finance is extremely deep.
Scott and his wife are local business owners.
They’ve lived in the community for 29 years and all three of their children graduated from Cary Grove High School.
Meghan and her husband both grew up in McHenry County and moved back here to raise their two children, both of whom attend Deer Path Elementary School.
She has been active in the PTO, as a school volunteer, and as a coach.
She got her degree in Finance from NIU and works in data systems for a local business.
Both are committed to making sure District 155 continues to offer great education, which it can only do if it remains solvent.
They are committed to balancing the budget without further tax increases.
Please vote for Meghan Tillson and Scott Coffey in the upcoming election.
Paid for by Coffey Election Campaign and Committee for M. Tillson
Here is the teachers union’s reply: