Huntley School Teacher Contract Views – Then and Now

These comments by Huntley School District Superintendent John Burkey in the First Electric Newspaper stirred my memory: “Last year I was amazed that we avoided it,” said Supt. John Burkey. “This year it just caught up with us.” He slammed … Continue reading

$3.8 Million in Local School Employee Union Dues of Local School Employees

McHenry County Blog has surveyed school districts with major presences in McHenry County and discovered that union employees paid $3.8 million in dues during calendar year 2010. The total amount was $3,825,572. Contracts are typically for more than one year … Continue reading

Woodstock, Huntley and McHenry Schools Fold Thursday, Too

So now we add Woodstock School District 200, Huntley School District 158 and the McHenry High and Grade School districts to the two other McHenry County school districts have announced no school Thursday. Carpentersville School District 300, Crystal Lake Grade … Continue reading

Huntley High Fails to Meet Adequate Yearly Progress, Not Alone

A high school that doesn’t meet standards isn’t a good thing. Especially out here in the suburbs where property taxes are plenty high. The First Electric Newspaper cited Huntley School District 158′s Chief Academic Officer Mary Olsen’s pointing out that … Continue reading

Huntley School District Homeschoolers with Children with Disabilities Invited to Meet with Special Ed Director

The following press release from Huntley School District 158 might be of interest to some readers: Notice IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Mrs. Karen Aylward, Director of Special Services for Consolidated School District 158, of McHenry and Kane Counties, … Continue reading

Huntley School District 158 Spends $250,000 on Lawyers

Since the Huntley-based Grafton Township has spent so much on legal fees, the report on legal fees to the Huntley School Board caught my attention. You can read the detail below by clicking on the images and a summary not … Continue reading

Huntley School District Goes Back to Days of Hiding Contracts from Public

Many public officials are in denial about how their own actions and non-cooperation add to the public’s mistrust of government and even disgust of government. Public officials adopt either a public servant’s I’m-here-to-help attitude or a self-serving I-don’t-want-to-bother attitude. I … Continue reading