Time to Start Thinking about Running for School Board

Those who look at their property tax bills know that most of the money goes to school districts. Below is where the money went in the Algonquin Township part of Crystal Lake in a recent year. One will note that … Continue reading

Time to Think about Next Spring’s Elections

While attention is being focused on this November’s elections, filing for next spring’s municipal, school, junior college, park district and lesser districts happen shortly after the election. At the Republican Party’s Headquarter’s Grand Opening last Thursday night, Crystal Lake Grade … Continue reading

Tryon Warns of Massive State Aid to Education Cuts

A message from State Rep. Mike Tryon: A controversial and dangerous bill has cleared the Illinois Senate and was delivered to the House of Representatives this morning. Senate Bill 16 seeks to fundamentally change the school funding formula for Illinois … Continue reading

D47 Teacher Contract Approved; Objection to Retirement Incentive

Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47’s Board approved the new teachers’ contract by a 7-0 vote, but not before Nancy Gonsiorek expressed displeasure with pre-retirement incentives. They’re “really hard to swallow,” she said. “When we give big raises to teachers … Continue reading

MCC Refuses to Release Faculty Union Contract

Tonight Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 Board is meeting at 7 at Canterbury School southwest of the intersection of Main Street and Virginia Street Road to consider the contract worked out with its teachers’ union. Another contract has also … Continue reading

Meeting Tonight to Ratify CL Grade School Teachers’ Contract

A summary of the Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 contract that will be considered by the school board tonight at 7 at Canterbury School popped into my inbox this morning. AGREEMENT BETWEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT 47 BOARD OF EDUCATION AND … Continue reading

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