McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Education Leslie Schermerhorn is in a fight with some on the County Board, including Chairman Jack Franks, over her budget.
Last week, she asked McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally for an opinion in the following email.
She sent the opinion to County Board members the night before their Thursday Committee of the Whole meeting.
It caused a pretty big stir, with Finance Committee Chairman Mike Skala inviting a suit from the Education Superintendent if the County Board decided to cut her manpower by over 25%. (She now has 3.8 employees. Skala and others favor taking one headcount away.)
The opinion could be released by Schermerhorn, but, so far, she has declined to do so.
Here is the email to Kenneally:
May I have an opinion on 105 ILCS 5/4-6, Employment of Assistants? (Please see letter to F & A below.)
Does this statute give the Regional Superintendent any special latitude/authority over the County Board decisions?
The total amount requested for FY18-19 is less than all prior budget years. The ROE budget was passed by Public Health and Community Services only to have Finance & Audit lop off a position. This cut of one position is exactly what Jack had threatened me with at the ROE budget meeting.
McHenry ROE has less county employees than any adjacent county.
Of course, I need this opinion before the COW on Thursday. I’m apologize for the short notice.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.
Here is her email to County Board Finance and Audit Committee members:
The budget was previously approved by the Public Health and Community Service Committee.