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

Citizen Vetter Attends Second CL Grade School Meeting

Newly election Republican Precinct Committeeman from a mainly northern Four Colonies precinct reports on attending his seconde Crystal Lake Grade School Board meeting: So, I attended my second D47 School Board Meeting on March 22nd. The meeting started off with a … Continue reading

Mike Walkup Hits Nancy Gonsiorek in District 3 County Board Race for Hiking Taxes while on Grade School Board

McHenry County Board member Mike Walkup is not only running in the at-large election for McHenry County Board Chairman, but he also is seeking to retain his District 3 seat. That’s so he can vote on the County Board. The … Continue reading

Tax Protest Suit against McHenry County, Harrison School, CL Grade & High School, plus Alg & McH Townships

Four tax districts in McHenry County are targeted in a tax protest suit filed by attorney Timothy Dwyer on behalf of WKS CRYSTAL Lake, LLC, ET AL. McHenry County is accused of having excessive funds on hand for the Valley Hi Nursing … Continue reading

CL Chamber Hosts Tax District Officials – Part 2

At Thursday morning’s Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce governmental forum, there was a question and answer session. There was a well-researched question asking about what tax districts were doing about duplication of services: “From 2009 through 2012, Countywide Equalized Assessed … Continue reading

CL Chamber Hosts Tax District Officials – Part 1

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce held its first Town Hall meeting Thursday morning. It was the usual time for such meetings, set so business people can attend before business hours. This time the public was allowed to come.  There … Continue reading

Chance to Ask Big Taxers Why

At last night’s meeting of the Lakewood Village Board, residents were masses in support and opposition of the creation of a Special Service Area tax district that would collect a maximum of 15 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for … 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

Part 11 – Who’s Got What

Today’s Political Action Committee is one run by the teachers of Crystal Lake High School District 155. It spent $3.348.25 in the lead up to the April school elections. The election was on April 7th, so it is likely that … Continue reading

District 47 PERA Test Cheating Charged

A former Crystal Lake Grade School employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, has filed a complaint concerning the way tests were administered in the district. In the fall of 2012, the employee supervisor was notified that “cheating was taking place … 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

33-Year Old Arrested for Middle School Sexual Abuse

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: Woodstock Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Assault and Abuse Andres Gamez, 33, of the 8100 block of Castleberry Drive in Woodstock, was arrested Wednesday and charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated … 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

Incumbents, Plus D155 Union Negotiator Seem Headed for Victory in D47

Only four out of fifty-four precincts have their results posted for the Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 contest, but the two incumbents running for re-election, plus the past Crystal Lake High School union negotiator seem headed for election. The … Continue reading

CL Teachers’ Favorites

The following comment left by “Nobody” is not completely accurate.  I have indicated where mistakes occur: The comment did, however, inspire me to take a look at the candidates that Crystal Lake Grade School District 47’s and Crystal Lake High … Continue reading