Cary Grade School Board President at Looks D155 Finances and at Sen. Pam Althoff’s Pension Bill

From Cary Elementary School District 26 Board President: Given the financial challenges facing D-155 over the next few years, it is imperative that the Board be led by those that will meet those challenges in a fiscally responsible manner. D-155, … Continue reading

School Board President Reflects on Not Being Able to Raise Levies Without a Referendum

Cary Grade School Board President cogitates on what tax districts having to pass a referendum before raising their tax levies would look like: It’s interesting to extrapolate what things would look like after several years of freezes. I think most … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board President Says County Tax Hike Wipes Out D26 Tax Cut

Posted under this article by Cary Elementary School Board President Scott Coffey: Between the audio of the meeting and some of these comments, I’m finding it difficult to find a factually correct statement. They’re either flat out wrong or exactly … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board President Tells How to Cut High Interest Debt

In a comment reply to Mark under this article: Cary Grade School Board Saves by Refinancing High Interest Bonds Cary Elementary School Board President Scott Coffey shares his Board’s strategy to save taxpayers money. You can read it below: The … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board Saves by Refinancing High Interest Bonds

A press release from the Cary Elementary District 26 School Board: CARY DISTRICT 26 BOND REFUNDING RESULTS IN SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS CARY, IL – The Board of Education of Cary School District 26 took steps this last month to reduce property … Continue reading

Cary School Board President Asks Jack Franks, “Where’s the Plan?”

The following comment from Cary School Board President Scott Coffey is too insightful not to share further than the comment section of McHenry County Blog: County Board Has No Control Over Spending by Any Other Tax District  Cary Grade School … Continue reading

Considering Consolidation of High School District 155 with Feeder Grade Schools

The following was written by Cary Grade School Board President Scott Coffey: Thoughts on School Consolidation A new, consolidated district is NOT required to migrate to the highest wage rates of the legacy contracts of the combined districts. However, that … Continue reading

Cary Grade School District 26 Prepares for Little State Aid

The following was written by Cary Elementary School Board President Scott Coffey under the article about the high effective tax rates paid in McHenry County, compared to the rest of the Chicago Metropolitan Area: Regarding General State Aid for Chicago … Continue reading

Comparing School Tax Totals – 2015 and 2016 Collections

Schools are the tax districts that take most money in every part of McHenry County. Below is a comparison of what was levied last year for collection this year and what was asked for the year before. Thanks again to … Continue reading

McHenry County Schools Asking for 1.23% More This Year

Below you can see what McHenry County school districts will be asking to extract from your checking or escrow accounts this year. You will note that all of them put together are requesting 1.23% more, although the rate of inflation … Continue reading

Looking at More School Debt Information

Taken from bond documents by bond analyst Steve Willson is the following information: … Continue reading

Replay: School Consolidation Would Cost Taxpayers Plenty Copy

In the “Here we go again” category is consolidation of schools. Just as with township consolidation, I ask, “Where’s the beef?” Show me the money that school consolidation would bring. Don’t just assert that consolidation of school will save money. … Continue reading

School Stats including Cost per Classroom

Here are some 2013 McHenry County school statistics–average expenditure per pupil and per classroom, plus average teach salary–to ponder. They were calculated by a Friend of McHenry County Blog. I don’t think I have seen average spending per classroom for … Continue reading

Teacher Salary Spikes

The Chicago Tribune’s Education superb Reporter Diane Rado has examined the cost to local taxpayers of school boards that increased teachers’ salaries more than allowed by law just before they retired.  Her main article can be found here. Reported in … Continue reading

Taxes for Schools, This Year & Last Year

Since schools comprise the bulk of property tax dollars, I thought some might be interested in seeing how they changed from last year to this year. Although the percentage change column is labeled “% Change + of -” the first … Continue reading

28 Write-In Candidacies Surface, Shepley Challenged by Chadwick

The biggest is the write-in challenge of Sascha Chadwick to Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley. As McHenry County Blog reported the night it happened, Shepley managed to convince his fellow City Council members that Chadwick, a CPA and entrepreneur.  (See … Continue reading

Replay: School Consolidation Would Cost Taxpayers Plenty

With the Chicago Tribune pumping for school consolidation in its editorial on education, I thought it was time to re-run the article I wrote almost four years ago when Governor Pat Quinn advanced the idea. The numbers will have changed … Continue reading