School District 200 Budget Meeting

There were several  speakers during public comments period of the Woodstock School Board on Tuesday night. Most centered on the high property tax rate in Woodstock affecting seniors, low income renters, and driving home prices even lower. One speaker wondered … Continue reading

Former Woodstock Northwood Middle School Principal Arrested for Theft

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that former Northwood Middle School Principal Jerome “Jake” Wakitsch has been arrested for “stealing ‘several thousands’ of dollars from the bank accounts of two school groups.” Wakitsch resigned on August 3rd, the paper reports. Read … Continue reading

Another D200 Taxpayer Writes

On June 16th McHenry County Blog turned a comment about the overpowering property tax burden in Woodstock’s Unit School District 200 into an article. This week another commenter, named Eva, shares the two cents she contemplates having left after paying … Continue reading

McHenry County Tax Take Up by 1.5% or $12 Million

Last year McHenry County real estate taxpayers were billed $797,419,250.88. This year the McHenry County Clerk’s Office has determined that bills amounting to $809,385,180.76 will be issued. That’s a dollar increase of $11,965,930, a percentage increase of 1.5%. The Property … Continue reading

Woodstock High School Madrigals Bow Out of State Rep. Jack Franks’ Fundraiser

A sharp-eyed reader took a look at the invitation to State Rep. Jack Franks’ October26th fundraiser and spotted that a performance of the Woodstock High School Madrigals was listed on his invitation. So I sent a Freedom of Information request … Continue reading

39% of Illinois Teachers Pay Nothing for Pensions

“While Democrats say Teachers ‘Have Kept Their Part of the Deal?’“ is the title of an April 5, 2011, article by former Huntley School District 158 Board member Larry Snow.  (The quote was in the Chicago Tribune Marcy 31, 2011.  … Continue reading

$3.8 Million in Local School Employee Union Dues of Local School Employees

McHenry County Blog has surveyed school districts with major presences in McHenry County and discovered that union employees paid $3.8 million in dues during calendar year 2010. The total amount was $3,825,572. Contracts are typically for more than one year … Continue reading

Woodstock School District Responds Favorably to Rosalinda and Zane Seipler’s Request for Equal Treatment

At the April 13th Woodstock Unit School District 200 School Board meeting, Rosalinda and Zane Seipler presented a plea that their daughter be allowed to attend a full-day dual language kindergarten class. Mrs. Seipler wrote the letter and made the … Continue reading

Woodstock’s District 200 Notifying Parents of Ability to Opt Out of President Barack Obama’s Classroom Speech

When I called Woodstock Unit District 200 to find out how it is dealing with the request of the White House to broadcast President Barack Obama’s message to classrooms next Tuesday, Barb Banker, Director of Community Services, told me: “We … Continue reading