The Price of Text Books

The biggest shock when our family moved to Crystal Lake in 1958 was that we had to pay for text books at Crystal Lake Community High School and in District 47. I think the price was in the $80 range … Continue reading

Huntley to Pay More than $44,000 to Tear Down Williams/Borhart/Moore Homestead

There were plenty of political motives to change the longstanding agreement that Huntley 158 had which allowed Linda Moore and her family to live in the house she grew up in. Linda’s family sold the school district the property that … Continue reading

Huntley Has Two Meetings with Teachers Union; Nobody Can Remember When

How credible is it for a school district to have two meetings with its teachers union and no one can officially remember when either one was? Huntley’s answer was it can’t recall. Administration does recall that it wasn’t at the … Continue reading

Do Huntley Teachers Want More under their Current Agreement?

In September 2008, the Huntley school district and the Huntley teachers union (the “HEA” for Huntley Education Association) ended a strike and reached an agreement. It was for three years. All remaining issues that were left for joint committees of … Continue reading

Report on What Huntley High Students Doing After Graduation Confusing

Huntley School District 158’s number two administrator Terry Awrey issued a “Post Graduate Survey Report (Class of 2010)” on what Huntley High graduates are doing after graduation. It was addressed to Supt. John Burkey and all top administrators, including Dr. … Continue reading

Huntley School Supt. Burkey Says He Used Vacation Days to Go to China

It took months to find out. It seemed to me reasonable to ask whether Huntley School Superintendent John Burkey was “working” on the taxpayers’ dime for his junket (for which the district paid only registration) or on an officially recognized … Continue reading

Dorr Township Not Like Grafton, Supervisor Says

“Filled to capacity” is how one person in attendance last night at the Dorr Township meeting. The Dorr Township Hall meeting room is small, so that meant about 25 residents were present. The biggest news was that Supervisor Bob Pierce … Continue reading

Snippets from Huntley School District 158’s Board Meeting

Below are four snippets from Huntley 158’s board meeting of March 4th. If you had taken the time to listen to or be at the board meeting, you would have heard the quotes below. (My apologies for any minor discrepancies.) … Continue reading

Huntley School District Seeks Board Applicants

With the resignation of Huntley School District 158 Board President Shawn Green, the remaining members are seeking applicants to replace him.Applications are due by March 18th.  Below is the notice that has been distributed: Notice of Board Member Vacancy 03.05.10 … Continue reading

Loren Smith Snags $140,000 Job in Oak Park and River Forest High School District

Although neither Public Information Officer Lorie Woods nor Huntley School District Superintendent John Burkey was willing to verify that Human Resources Director Loren Smith has resigned, the Journal of Oak Park and River Forest makes such a reply redundant. The … Continue reading

Huntley School Board President Shawn Green’s Remarks Before Resigning

Tonight was Huntley School Board President Shawn Green’s last meeting. He resigned to pursue policy concerns in a different arena, perhaps even another elective office. (He was elected a Republican Precinct Committeeman February 2nd.) Green warns against using the schools … Continue reading

Huntley School District Transparency – Through a Glass Darkly

I have cited Huntley School District 158 as a model of transparency. I did so most recently for all to see at a Crystal Lake City Council meeting when I was perturbed that I could not find the council packet … Continue reading

Burkey Accepts No Raise This Year after Salary Hike of $70,000 since 2006

Huntley School District 158’s Superintendent John Burkey got about a $40,000 salary increase to come to Huntley in 2006. In this fourth year as Superintendent his salary currently is $178,000. He began in Huntley at $145,000. After three years of … Continue reading

Huntley School District Financial Advisory Committee, Take 3

At one point in the Financial Advisory Committee meeting, Huntley School District Controller Altmayer tried to persuade the committee that special needs children receive $10 million  more than what comes in for special education.  (Subject addressed here.) Parents in the … Continue reading