McHenry Grade School Board Going for 8.74% Budget Hike, Taxing to the Max

Since the Property Tax Cap limits non-Home Rule tax districts to a 1.5% inflationary increase for next year’s total tax take, plus new construction, it is difficult to understand why McHenry’s Grade School Board is asking for 8.74%. The difference … Continue reading

Erik Sivertsen Knocks Off McHenry Grade School Board President Ted Pillow

I’ve been remiss on looking at school board election results…probably because I don’t know as much about them as about the races about which I written. Today I looked at McHenry Grade School District 15’s results and discovered that School … Continue reading

Highlights of the Teacher Contract from McHenry Grade School District 15

Here’s the summary for McHenry Elementary School District #15 new Five-Year Teacher’s Contract: Compensation changes for the life of the contract include the following; New compensation increase = 0.47% Investment in professional learning communities = 2.20% Total compensation increase = … Continue reading

Ex-School Board Member Who Broke Income Disclosure Law Appointed to His Own Vacancy in McHenry Grade School District 15

It may not be a big, important law, but Illinois does have a very weak income disclosure law. All elected officials are required to file it annually. Lots of notice is given. District 15 School Board member Patrick Miller ignored … Continue reading

A Note from McHenry Grade School District 15 Board Applicant Erik Sivertsen

As you had reported on June 21st, Patrick Miller resigned from the District 15 Board of Education, with a note at the end of his resignation letter asking for the board to consider reappointing him to the vacancy. The original … Continue reading

McHenry High School – Grade School Consolidation Costs

I’ve run the increased cost side of the numbers for merging McHenry Grade School District 15 and Wonder Lake’s Harrison School District 36 with McHenry High School District 156 and the numbers verify the judgment of the seven school board … Continue reading

No McHenry High School Candidate Favors Consolidation Grade Schools with High School District

There were two questions about consolidation of high school and grade school districts at the McHenry High School Board candidates night sponsored by the McHenry County League of Women Voters Wednesday night. Beth Taylor’s reply to the first question, which … Continue reading

The Primal Urge of Government: Take as Much as It Can Get

Two local governments got recommendations from a board member to go easy on taxpayers. No need to extract as much as possible from taxpayers was the suggestion of Grafton Township Supervisor and McHenry Grade School Board member John O’Neill. Moore … Continue reading

Competition Sparse for Grade School Board Spots

The filing has just ended, but lots of grade school board candidates in McHenry County are assured of election. Here at Election Central, McHenry County Blog declares the fifteen candidates listed below elected. In Fox River Grove Grade School District … Continue reading