Protection Offered for Woodstock School Board

Rural Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman has prepared a critique of Woodstock School District 200. She compares statistics from the Woodstock School District with those of Huntley’s. Comparing Woodstock and Huntley School Districts D200  Budget Planning Parameters and Assumptions include EAV [Equalized Assessed … Continue reading

School District 200 Budget Meeting

There were several  speakers during public comments period of the Woodstock School Board on Tuesday night. Most centered on the high property tax rate in Woodstock affecting seniors, low income renters, and driving home prices even lower. One speaker wondered … 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

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

AT&T Gives $2,000 to District 158 Foundation at Mike Tryon’s Request

A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon: Rep. Mike Tryon Joins AT&T in Presenting Investing in Illinois Award to District 158 Education Foundation ALGONQUIN…..In partnership with AT&T’s Investing in Illinois Awards Program, State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) on … Continue reading

Comparing How Schools Spend Our Money, Plus the Richmond-Burton High School Contract Impasse

There is an impasse between the school board and the teachers union in Richmond’s high school district. Each side had to submit the latest version of what it wants to a state web site. The union’s desires can be found … 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

McHenry County Tax Take Up by 1.5% or $12 Million

Last year McHenry County real estate taxpayers were billed $797,419,250.88. This year the McHenry County Clerk’s Office has determined that bills amounting to $809,385,180.76 will be issued. That’s a dollar increase of $11,965,930, a percentage increase of 1.5%. The Property … Continue reading

Marisa Burkhart Wins State School Technology Award

A press release from the Huntley School District: Marisa Burkhart Wins Illinois Computing Educators “2014 Educator of the Year Award” ALGONQUIN – Consolidated School District 158 has received word that Marisa Burkhart, Director of Educational Technology has been selected as the winner … Continue reading

Most McHenry County Schools Announce Monday Day Off Because of Extreme Cold

From Woodstock District 200: All District 200 schools and Kids Club will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014. All after school activities, practices, evening events, sports and outside user activities will also be cancelled. Phone and email messages confirming … Continue reading

Chesak Kindergarteners through Second Graders Form Flashmob to Honor Retiring Principal

Chuck Lamb has been Principal at Ch Cesak Elementary School (Kindergarten thru 2nd grade) for seven years.   On Tuesday, his students turned into a flashmob to send him off with a memory it is unlikely anyone will forget. The … 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

State’s Attorney’s Office Contacting New County Board Members Holding Other Elected Positions

Multiple sources have told McHenry County Blog that the McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s Office is making contact with the three newly-elected members of the County Board to advise them of the conflict of interest that would exist if … Continue reading

Update on Teachers Negotiations in Huntley School District 158

A press release from the Huntley School Board: Teacher Negotiations Update from the Board of Education of Consolidated School District 158 ALGONQUIN, IL – The District 158 Board of Education (Board) has received notice that the Huntley Education Association (HEA) … Continue reading

Mike Skala Decides to Serve on Both Huntley School and County Board Despite “Incaptabilty”

I missed the Northwest Herald article about newly-elected McHenry County Board member Mike Skala deciding to stay on the Huntley District 158 School Board until after a suit with contractors is settled. And, it seems that former McHenry County College … Continue reading

Three Newly-Elected County Board Members To Be Resigning Current Posts

Two Crystal Lake and one Huntley politician will be giving up their seats on the city council, park and school boards in the near future. Carolyn Schofield, who is in her second term on the Crystal Lake City Council, and … Continue reading