At the Thursday night McHenry County College Board meeting, retiring Trustee Dennis Adams argued against extending MCC President Vicky Smith’s contract through June 30, 2015.
“I don’t think any harm would come until the end of June,” he said, adding that he thought the new Board members would come to realize Smith should be retained.
“It has the appearance of impropriety. It will have a long life…It is an affront to the new Board members. It has nothing to do with Ms. Smith’s performance. It has to do with the process.
“It is not urgent. It doesn’t have to happen today.”
Before any vote, the contract already ran through June 30, 2014.
After the contract was extended on a 5-2 vote, with outgoing Board members Barbara Walters and Carol Larson being joined by Cynthia Kisser, Linda Liddell and Mary Miller, a meeting was held to install the three newly-elected members–Molly Walsh, Chris Jenner and Tom Wilbeck.
In her last comments Walters complained, “It is now political. This [MCC] is about students, not moving up the [political ladder].”
Somehow that bothered me.
As a Republican Precinct Committeeman, I knocked on doors in my Algonquin 7 precinct the weekend before the election supporting MCC candidates.
But I also was one of two people in the room that attended the meeting in 1967 when McHenry County College got its start. (Iris Bryan was the other.)
And, you know who called that meeting?
A Republican Precinct Committeeman–Cal Skinner, Sr.
I was McHenry County Treasurer at the time, certainly a political position.
So, I hope I will be pardoned for pointing out that if “political” people had not started the ball rolling, MCC would not have come into existence in 1968 when a ten-cent per $100 of assessed valuation referendum was passed.
My father served on the first MCC Board.
Later he was elected to the McHenry County Board.
Did he serve on the MCC Board as a stepping stone to higher office?
Considering my father came within a couple of hundred votes of winning the County Auditor’s race against the McHenry County Board Chairman in 1964, the MCC Board service certainly wasn’t a prelude to running for county office.
When I spoke before the installation meeting, I pointed out that the old Board’s action would result in more negative publicity for the College.
And, as you can see below, my prediction was fulfilled: