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

MCC Remedial English by High School Districts

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog published the percentage of incoming freshmen at McHenry County College require remedial math classes. The best high school district was Huntley’s at 46% needing help to be able to take a college course. Today, we look … Continue reading

Math Problems at Local High Schools

You can see the data above. But, just to make sure people can use a search engine to find out how well each McHenry County College high school prepares its students who attend McHenry County College in math, I’ll type … Continue reading

McHenry County High School Teacher Salary Data from Sun-Times Data Base

The Chicago Sun-Times released a school teacher and administrator data base this week that some might find interesting. “Salary data includes base, summer-, after-school pay, benefits, vacation- or sick-day payouts, pre-retirement salary bumps. Average includes only full-time employees,” says the … Continue reading

39% of Illinois Teachers Pay Nothing for Pensions

“While Democrats say Teachers ‘Have Kept Their Part of the Deal?’“ is the title of an April 5, 2011, article by former Huntley School District 158 Board member Larry Snow.  (The quote was in the Chicago Tribune Marcy 31, 2011.  … 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

How McHenry High School Board Candidates Line Up on the Referendum

The McHenry County League of Women Voters held a candidates’ night for the McHenry High School Board Wednesday night at McHenry East High School. There was too much covered to spell it all out, but the most important question was … Continue reading

Two McHenry High School Board Candidates Address Wonder Lake Voters

McHenry Citizens Tax Watch, a new group springing out of Wonder Lake founded by Bob Anderson and David Yang, held a meeting Sunday afternoon at Christ the King Catholic Church. It was a bifurcated one featuring National Taxpayers United of … Continue reading

Anti-Referendum McHenry High School Board Candidates Make Self Known

Three candidates have banded together to advance their candidacies for the McHenry County School Board. McHenry County Blog obtained a copy of the “Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility” pamphlet, plus a card that is being passed around. Although it is not … Continue reading

Tax Protest Meeting in Wonder Lake Sunday after Church

There’s a tax protest meeting in Wonder Lake Sunday afternoon at 1 PM at Christ the King Church, located at 5006 E. Wonder Lake Road. I’ve written about it before, but since Jim Tobin is coming to McHenry County tomorrow … Continue reading

McHenry High School District Finally Puts Teacher Contract on the Internet…Sort Of

Since at least August 13, 2009, school districts have been mandated to post their contracts with teachers online. So, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that McHenry High School District 156’s teacher contract was not posted. That’s been … Continue reading

Candidates Withdraw from Local Races

There were not many contested races in the April 5, 2011, election to start with, but there are fewer now. In the Village of Barrington Hills, Trustee candidate Dawn Davis has withdrawn. Blake Hobson, appointed to fill a vacancy, is … 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

Union Dues at McHenry High School District

Since McHenry High School District 156 has the hottest school board race in the county, I thought readers might like to know how much its employees spend in union dues. And the envelope, please… $109,331. There are 158 teachers. Operating … Continue reading

Opposition to McHenry High School Referendum Arises, Jim Tobin Coming March 13th

A group called McHenry Citizens Tax Watch has been organized by Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson and David Yang. It’s immediate goal is to the beat the upcoming tax hike referendum. To support the effort, Jim Tobin, founder of National Taxpayers … Continue reading