A message from McHenry Grade School Board member Eric Sivertsen:
On Tuesday night at 7:15 District 15 will be holding a public hearing at the district office on Green St.
The plan is to transfer $6.5 million from the Transportation Fund to the Operations and Maintenance Fund.
This money was slated to be used for $6.3 million dollars worth of “Summer Projects” in addition to the ongoing construction projects.
At the meeting at 7:30 there are bids set to be approved for the summer projects with a total of $3,762,297.
A lot of the projects from the original proposed list are not on the list of projects that went out for bid.
What happened to the other projects?
Why aren’t they included in the bid?
The projects that are included in the bid, were estimated to cost $2,201,000.
That means the bids came in at 80% over the estimates.
Some of the projects on the bid include building STEM labs and film studios at both of the Jr Highs, rekeying all of the locks throughout the district, and replacing a bunch of parking lots.
Several of the other projects have already been completed, Including
- painting over the murals at Riverwood (estimated at $5,000 completed for $27K)
- Repainting the transportation department break room ($23K)
and the school board has not been presented with any bids for those projects.
There is also a bill for $13,000 of carpet at the district office that the board didn’t get bids for either.
These projects are all in addition to the estimated $14 million dollars of ongoing construction projects to eliminate the mobile classrooms and build classrooms for All-Day Kindergarten.
To make it even worse, we don’t have an All-Day Kindergarten program, or even a proposal for one, we don’t have a proposal for a STEM program for the Jr Highs, and the board voted that it would be too expensive to record the school board meetings, but we are gonna put film studios into 2 of our schools. (It turns out that recording the school board meetings isn’t really that expensive www.D15Meetings.com)
We need taxpayers to come to the hearing and the meeting on Tuesday and let the board know how they feel about this spending.