D155 Teachers Union Considers Challenging Board Candidates Scott Coffey’s & Meghan Tillson’s Letter Scandalous

Cary Grade School Board President Scott Coffey sent the following letter on behalf of his candidacy. From the reply from the Crystal Lake teachers union, you can see it was not considered favorable.  The reply is below the letter. The … Continue reading

McSweeney Aims To Give Public Right to See Teacher Contracts Two Days Before Board Consideration

The Cary Grade School Board already lets the public see proposed teacher contracts before they are passed. The Crystal Lake High District 155 School Board did not. Now State Rep. David McSweeney proposes in House Bill 309 to require internet … Continue reading

League of Women Voters Crystal Lake High School Board Candidate Forum Thursday Night at MCC

he McHenry County League of Women Voters is holding a candidates’ night for Crystal Lake High School Board candidates Thursday night starting at 7. An informal Meet and Greet opportunity will occur at 6:30. The event will be held at … Continue reading

League of Women Voters Crystal Lake High School Board Candidate Forum Thursday Night

he McHenry County League of Women Voters is holding a candidates’ night for Crystal Lake High School Board candidates Thursday night starting at 7. An informal Meet and Greet opportunity will occur at 6:30. The event will be held at … Continue reading

Former CLCHS Football Coach Matt Fralick of LITH Arrested by the McHenry Police Department for Grooming – Update

District 155 has issued the following statement about PE and health teacher Matt Fralick’s arrest by the McHenry Police Department: District 155 was notified that a Crystal Lake Central faculty member, Matt Fralick, was arrested by the McHenry Police Department. … Continue reading

Crystal Lake High School Board Approves Teachers’ Contract after Five Months of Negotiations

A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155: D155 Reaches Agreement with D155 Education Association The District 155 Board of Education approved the teachers’ contract on Thursday, January 24. The D155 Education Association, district administrators, and the Board … Continue reading

Crystal Lake High School District 155 Teachers Get Raise of about 12% over Three Years

A Friend of McHenry County Blog, John Pletz, provides the following information about the Crystal Lake High School Board’s teachers’ contract action last night: 4 to 2, teachers win 12% over 3 year “2019 through 2022 agreement between the board … Continue reading

Unlike CL High School Board, Cary Grade School Board Posted Summary of Proposed Teacher Contract Three Days in Advance of Contract Vote

Crystal Lake High School District 155’s Board was scheduled to meet last night to pass the new teachers’ contract but cancelled the meeting because of bad weather. Now, the vote is scheduled for Thursday night. No one in the public … Continue reading

District 155 Postpones Teacher Contract Approval Meeting Until Thursday

-NOTICE OF CANCELATION and RESCHEDULING- BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING January 22, 2019 The January 22, 2019 Board of Education Meeting for Community High School District 155, McHenry and Lake Counties, Illinois, has been CANCELED due to weather conditions. The Rescheduled … Continue reading

CL High School Board Agenda re Teacher Contract

Way down at the bottom of the Crystal Lake High School Board 155’s agenda for tonight’s meeting is the following: If you can attend the meeting and want to speak, you need to go early. What you see from the … Continue reading

District 155 Teachers’ Contract Up Tuesday Night at 7:30

From regular Crystal Lake High School Board attender John Pletz: What happens when teachers elect their family members to Community High School District 155’s Board of Directors? Taxpayers only get 48 hours of notice that these board members are voting … Continue reading

High School District 155 Takes Over $1.8 Million Loss in Sale of Haber Oaks

Crystal Lake High School District 155 recently announced the sale of the Algonquin Road Cary building used for Special Education  students, plus those considered too disruptive to remain in regular high school, for $700,000. In a press release Board President Adam … Continue reading

High School District 155 Has Buyer for Haber Oaks for $700,000

A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155; D155 Board of Education Approves Sale of Haber Oaks Campus Community High School District 155’s Board of Education approved the purchase agreement for the eventual sale of Haber Oaks Campus … Continue reading

Continued Discussion on School Consolidation

In the “Here we go again” category is consolidation of schools. These comments by Lakewood’s Steve Willson stimulates me to re-post the analysis I did seven years ago under his reflections: I’m so tired of this “consolidate the schools” argument. … Continue reading

Union Dues of Teachers at Crystal Lake High School District

What do teachers at Crystal Lake High School District 155 paid in dues to the Illinois Education Association? That’s a question that popped into my mind for some reason. The answer: D155 Education Association Monthly Dues – IEA Full Time … Continue reading

John Reinert: Shift McHenry High School Students to Crystal Lake to Avoid $44 Million Bond Issue

McHenry County Board John Reinert has researched how the McHenry High School Board could meet the needs of its students without voters approving the borrowing of $44 million. That is the amount of the bond issue on the November ballot … Continue reading

South High School Students Prepare for Food Service Industry

A press release from Crystal Lake High School District 155: D155 Culinary Program Offers Certifications and College Credit District 155 students are one step ahead of their peers gaining valuable certifications and college credit in the Culinary Arts program at Crystal … Continue reading

First Term D155 Board Member Ron Ludwig Looks Back at Year and a Half

Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board member Ron Ludwig, former Principal at Hannah Beardsley Middle School, now finishing up his District 47 career at South Grade School, read a long statement at Tuesday’s meeting. Since I have written little … Continue reading

District 155 Board Meeting Approves $1 Million Cheaper Health Insurance, Raises Question of How to Pay for $50 Million in Capital Needs, District 47 Backdoor Referendum Possibility

Went to the Crystal Lake High School Board’s meetings Tuesday night. The Finance Committee spent most of its time listening to a presentation from its insurance consultant Wendy Williams. A new high deductible option is being introduced this year and … Continue reading

Seven Resign from IEA Union at CL High School District 155, Will Get More Take-Home Pay; Tax Meeting at 6

In the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board packet for Tuesday’s meeting are September letters from seven employees telling the District to stop taking union dues out of their paychecks. Details follow: Cary-Grove – Library Paraprofessional Prairie Ridge High … Continue reading