How Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 Views Common Core

In it’s newsletter, Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 gave its take on the new Common Core Standards imposed by the State Board of Education. An Overview of the Common Core State Standards Connecting Standards, Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction By … Continue reading

The Press Release Announcing District 47 Supt. Donn Mendoza’s Resignation

Dr. Kathy Hinz has been named Acting Superintendent of Crystal Lake District 47 after last night’s parting of the ways with Dr. Donn Mendoza. The press release issued follows: STATEMENT OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF CRYSTAL LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT … Continue reading

Crystal Lake District 47 Grade School Board Has Three New Members

Just like McHenry County College, Elementary School 47’s Board has a major infusion of new blood. Virginia Visin retired. Incumbents Rob Routzahn and Ruth Scifo ran for re-election. Pretty similar to the MCC Board of Trustees’ contest. A former principal, … Continue reading

Post Card Mailing on Behalf of Donna Ricci and Eileen Palsgrove for Crystal Lake Grade School Board

In my precinct letter, I characterized the incumbent slate as those already on the District 47 Board of Education, plus Betsy Les, a retired principal. The other two on the ballot qualified as “outsiders,” in my view. Here is a … Continue reading

Three File So Far for Four CL Grade School Spots

Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 has four seats up for grabs in April’s election. Terms are expiring for Jeff Mason Rob Routzahn Ruth Scifo Virginia Visin So far three people have filed petitions for the openings: Jeff Mason Rob … Continue reading

Will Crystal Lakers End up Paying for a Grade School Twice?

The Northwest Herald has a fascinating article about the possibility of the Crystal Lake Library District using a Crystal Lake Grade School District elementary school. Wednesday night the Board held a meeting in which the following was on the agenda: … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Middle Schoolers to Attend Rachel’s Challenge Anti-Bullying Assemblies

An email from District 47 Superintendent Donn Mendoza: Subject: Exciting Opportunity for District 47’s Middle School Students and Families Dear District 47 Middle School Families: The purpose for this correspondence is to inform you that all three District 47 middle … Continue reading

Teachers’ Pensions on Table at MCC Tuesday Night

A press release from the Illinois Policy Institute: Illinois Policy Institute to host debate on teacher pension reform Debate 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at McHenry County College in northwest suburban Crystal Lake CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2012) – On Tuesday, … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Elementary School Doesn’t Know How Much Democrats’ Proposed Pension Shift from State to Real Estate Taxpayer Might Cost

I have to say I am disappointed that Crystal Lake District 47 has no idea of how much it might cost to shift the financing of teacher pensions from state taxpayers to local taxpayers. In a Freedom of Information Request, … Continue reading

School Payments to Vendors Online at For the Good of Illinois

A tool for those who want to know where their tax dollars are going went up today on the Adam Andrzejewski’s web site, For the Good of Illinois. Pick your school district (after signing) in. Take a look at where … Continue reading