What Did Taxpayers Get for Their 2016 School Taxes

So far, we’ve been looking at where money spent on schools has gone. Today, we look at what taxpayers got for the property taxes in 2016. it is interesting that Crystal Lake High School District 155–the school district with the … Continue reading

Three District 155 High Schools Win Broadway in Chicago Nominations

A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155: D155 High Schools Earn Nominations for Theatre Productions Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge high schools earned a combined five nominations from Broadway in Chicago’s Illinois High School Music … Continue reading

Dozen District 155 Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155: Twelve D155 Teachers Earn National Board Certification Twelve District 155 teachers have earned their National Board Certification by completing a rigorous performance-based assessment of their skills and knowledge. The National … Continue reading

Prairie Ridge Students Developing “Campus Connection” App

A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155: Campus Connections Team Wins D155’s Pitch Night Four Prairie Ridge seniors earned the coveted top spot at the second annual Business Incubator Pitch Night for their app idea Campus Connections. … Continue reading

South School Seniors Seek Patents

A press release from High School District 155: Crystal Lake South Senior Applies for Two Patents before Graduation Caroline Rausch will graduate from Crystal Lake South High School in one week and she has already applied for two patents. She … Continue reading

Skinner Family Real Estate Tax Bill Increases 1/2 of 1% (Not the 4.6% I Thought When Decimal Misplaced)

I needed addition advice on how to find a copy of my family’s tax bill on the McHenry County Treasurer’s web site. The bill went from $9,988.26 last year to $10,033.66. That’s an increase of 0.46%. [Thanks to Alabama Shake for pointing … Continue reading

Strategy for Taking Control of School Boards Back from the Teachers’ Union

Commenter Swampbuggy offers this sage advice for how to cut property taxes: Right now the Teacher’s Union has discovered that you can run teachers for the school boards and then call all the parents and union members to come out … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board President Compares D26 Spending Cuts to D155 Hikes

This appeared from Scott Coffey in a comment. I think it deserves broader readership: I always get a chuckle when someone “assures” me that something can’t be done. We were told that alot in 2010 as we tried to turn … Continue reading

John Pletz in a Paul Revere Mode: District 155 Taxes Are Going Up, If You Don’t Call Your School Board Member

Wednesday, former Crystal Lake High School Board candidate John Pletz wrote a letter to the Northwest Herald. He has given McHenry County Blog permission to republish it. 2017 Levy Increase LTE Community High School District 155’s board has voted to … Continue reading

Former CL High School School Board Candidate Calls Out Board Members Who Beat Him

In an extensive article by former Northwest Herald Editor Dan McCabe, now working for the Illinois News Network under former NWH Managing Editor Chris Krug, McCabe sites the impending tax hike vote on the Crystal Lake High School District 155 … Continue reading

CLCHS Principal Steve Olson Given Control of High School District 155

From Crystal Lake High School District 155’s Shannon Podzimek: This evening, the Board unanimously appointed Steve Olson as Interim Educational Superintendent for Community High School District 155 for the 2017-18 school year. Mr. Olson will work closely with district and … Continue reading