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