NWH Points Out District 155 High School Board Candidates Endorsed by Teacher Union

In its article on the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board election Friday, the Northwest Herald did something I have not seen done before. It identified which candidates were endorsed by the teacher union. In my precinct letter, I … Continue reading

District 155 Announces 13 Layoffs

Thirteen teachers were “honorably dismissed” as of the end of the 2016-2017 school year by the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board of Education on Tuesday night Declining enrollment is the reason. The cuts will have least affect on … Continue reading

Literature from Crystal Lake High School District 155 Tax Cutting Team Led by Donna Kurtz

Donna Kurtz has served on the McHenry County College Board and now is on the McHenry County Board. At MCC, she and Scott Summers changed their mind on building a minor league baseball stadium on the watershed of Crystal Lake … Continue reading

District 155 Dueling School Board Slates Deploy Signs

There’s a fight for control of the Crystal Lake District 155 School Board this spring. One team is led by McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz. You can see that side’s four by four foot sign below: Running with Kurtz … Continue reading

Crystal Lake City Council & High School District 155 Candidates’ Night at MCC on Thursday, Feb. 16th

The McHenry County League of Women Voters is holding a candidates’ night at McHenry County College’s auditorium. Candidates for the Crystal Lake City Council and Crystal Lake High School District 155 will appear at 6:30 to meet personally and 7 … Continue reading

CL South High School Bleacher Bill Giving Municipalities Zoning Power over Schools Signed

A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Mike Tryon: Legislation based on Crystal Lake South bleacher controversy signed into law by Governor Rauner  Springfield, IL… Legislation filed in response to the costly bleacher battle between the … Continue reading

Aaron Shepley Lends Name to Jack Franks’ Campaign

Aaron Shepley, the man that McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Mike Tryon appointed as Vice Chairman of Community Outreach, Aaron Shepley is listed as introducing State Rep. Jack Franks’ at at Crystal Lake Town Hall Meeting announced on Franks’ Facebook … 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

Tryon Reports

The end of session report from State Rep. Mike Tryon: New FY17 Spending Bills will Enable Full K-12 School Operations for Entire School Year SB 2047. Some elements of the package appropriated money so that it could be legally used … Continue reading

Cost to Taxpayers of FRG TIF

Chicago Reader’s Ben Joravsky’s take on Chicago Tax Increment Financing Districts: “As you know, TIFs are, in effect, a surcharge added to your property tax. “The proceeds are used to pay for pretty much anything the mayor wants.” He adds … Continue reading

CL High School District Votes 6-1 to Approve FRG TIF

While we were on vacation, Crystal Lake High School Board 155 approved a Tax Increment Financing District in Fox River Grove. Over ten years ago, McHenry County Blog’s first article was one critical for the Crystal Lake City Council’s proposal … Continue reading

CL High School District 155 Board Saves Taxpayers $758,000 a Year…Forever

Ran into Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board President Ted Wagner and he told me something I did not know before. The High School Board “left $758,000 on the table.” Those were his words. What’s that mean? It means … Continue reading

Scott Vetter’s Comments to District 155 High School Board

Comments as read by Scott C. Vetter to the D155 Board of Education on May 17th, 2016: After serving in the United States Navy, I decided to transfer my newly acquired leadership skills to the manufacturing world. I am, today, considered, … Continue reading