Erik Sivertsen Knocks Off McHenry Grade School Board President Ted Pillow

I’ve been remiss on looking at school board election results…probably because I don’t know as much about them as about the races about which I written. Today I looked at McHenry Grade School District 15’s results and discovered that School … Continue reading

Cary School Board Candidate Comes Out in Favor of Higher Taxes

Here’s an odd situation. Scott Epstein, who is running on slate with Jen Crick and Bruce Ritter for the Cary District 26 Grade School Board, came out in favor pf higher taxes in his Daily Herald Questionnaire: “I do think … Continue reading

Teacher Pension Tax Shift – State Reps. Oppose, District 47 Board President Jeff Mason Seems Resigned to Extra Local Burden

At last night Illinois Policy Institute forum on teacher pensions, one question from Northwest Herald News Editor Kevin Lyons had to do with House Minority Leader Tom Cross’ having characterized a shift in tax burden from the state taxpayer to … Continue reading

Cary and Fox River Grove Grade School Distrricts Contemplate Merger Study

That’s what seems to be behind this innocuous looking agenda item on the Cary District 26’s School Board Agenda tonight: 10. Topics for Discussion 10.2 Consolidation Feasibility Study We have it on our agenda as “to discuss discussing about merging … Continue reading

Cary School District 26 Contract Press Release

Here’s the press release about the teachers’ contract which the Cary School Board ratified last night: District 26 Board Ratifies Teacher Contract November 1, 2011 The Board of Education of Cary Community Consolidated School District 26 announced today that they … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Teacher Contract Settlement Reached, But Details Kept Secret

A press release from Cary Elementary School District 26: Board and CEA Reach Tentative Agreement on All Issues The Board of Education of Cary Community Consolidated School District 26 and the Cary Education Association, which represents the teachers in labor … Continue reading

Cary 5th Graders to See Lake County Dairy Farm in Only Field Trip of the Year

A press release from state Senator Pam Althoff: Fifth Grade Students to Tour Golden Oaks Farm October 18, 19, and 20 Students from throughout McHenry County will join Illinois State Senator Pamela J. Althoff (R- Crystal Lake) for a hands-on … Continue reading

District 26 School Board and Teachers Union Meeting Tonight

The teachers in Cary Grade Schools are teaching. They could be striking as the School Board imposed a contract on them. But, they’re not striking. They want to talk more. The meeting is at the Cary Junior High. = = … Continue reading

Cary School Teachers Don’t Strike

Wednesday was the first day of school and teachers were not striking. They were asking for more negotiations. Maybe there will be a meeting next week. … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board Imposes “Last Best” Offer Terms on School Teachers, Strike a Possibility

A press release from Cary Elementary School District 26: Board Imposes Last Best Offer for the Start of School The Cary District 26 School Board regrets to announce that it has been unable to reach a negotiated agreement with the … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board Member Chris Jenner to Speak at Patriots United MCC Meeting Thursday Night

This email about tonight’s Patriots United meeting on Education Reform contains some details about the impasse between the Cary Grade School Board and its teachers union.: RE: Important information from Patriots United – Education Reform panel discussion this Thursday Dear … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Union Starts Web Site, Reveals Negotiation Stances & More

Even since the Huntley School Board decided to share teacher negotiation details with taxpayer-voters on its web site, I have been watching for some other district to follow suit. Carpentersville District 300, which approved a contract without publishing its contents, … Continue reading

39% of Illinois Teachers Pay Nothing for Pensions

“While Democrats say Teachers ‘Have Kept Their Part of the Deal?’“ is the title of an April 5, 2011, article by former Huntley School District 158 Board member Larry Snow.  (The quote was in the Chicago Tribune Marcy 31, 2011.  … Continue reading

Althoff Seeks Broader Advisory Referendum Authority for Cary Grade School District

At the Cary Grade School District’s request, State Rep. Pam Althoff is attempting to gain permission to put an advisory referendum on the ballot that would include precincts outside the school district’s boundaries. Illinois Statehouse News has posted a short … Continue reading

School Districts Tax Rates Soar as Assessments Plunge

School districts take most of our property tax dollars. It is fair to compare unit districts to unit districts. These are how all schools were originally. During the run-up to the 1870 Constitutional Convention, there was tremendous borrowing by local … Continue reading

$3.8 Million in Local School Employee Union Dues of Local School Employees

McHenry County Blog has surveyed school districts with major presences in McHenry County and discovered that union employees paid $3.8 million in dues during calendar year 2010. The total amount was $3,825,572. Contracts are typically for more than one year … Continue reading

School Consolidation Would Cost Taxpayers Plenty

Governor Pat Quinn thinks that consolidating schools will save big money because fewer administrators would be required. Reading the Daily Herald article, I notice that no mention is made of equalizing up elementary school teacher salaries to the level paid … Continue reading

Fights Over Grade School Board Membership

Only five elementary school districts in McHenry County have contests for school board. Two are in the southwest corner, one in the northeast corner and two in the southeastern part of the county. In Richmond-Spring Grove (Nippersink) Grade School District … Continue reading

Competition Sparse for Grade School Board Spots

The filing has just ended, but lots of grade school board candidates in McHenry County are assured of election. Here at Election Central, McHenry County Blog declares the fifteen candidates listed below elected. In Fox River Grove Grade School District … Continue reading

Illinois Dems and Cary School Distrct 26 Analogy. It’s Really No “Misunderstanding.”

Illinois Democrats run the White House and Federal government. From President Obama to David Axelrod to Rahm Emanuel, they are in control. My list doesn’t include lesser known Valerie Jarrett and higher profile Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education and former … Continue reading