Correction Time re This Article about Citizen Oversight

This article is corrected and bumped up for visibility. I misread the minutes of the Financial Advisory Committee meeting of August 2nd. It was not Huntley School District 158 Chief Financial Officer Mark Altmayer whom the minutes say advocated abolishing … Continue reading

Report on What Huntley High Students Doing After Graduation Confusing

Huntley School District 158’s number two administrator Terry Awrey issued a “Post Graduate Survey Report (Class of 2010)” on what Huntley High graduates are doing after graduation. It was addressed to Supt. John Burkey and all top administrators, including Dr. … Continue reading

Snippets from Huntley School District 158’s Board Meeting

Below are four snippets from Huntley 158’s board meeting of March 4th. If you had taken the time to listen to or be at the board meeting, you would have heard the quotes below. (My apologies for any minor discrepancies.) … Continue reading

Huntley School District Financial Advisory Committee, Take 3

At one point in the Financial Advisory Committee meeting, Huntley School District Controller Altmayer tried to persuade the committee that special needs children receive $10 million  more than what comes in for special education.  (Subject addressed here.) Parents in the … Continue reading

Who Takes Responsibility for Huntley School District’s Wrong Numbers?

No apology seems forthcoming for the pulling of financial fire alarms throughout Huntley schools and spreading the word that financial conditions were “bleak.” Officials could say, “Sorry, the financial numbers were messed up. We should have checked them. We shouldn’t … Continue reading

So, Is the Huntley School District in Financial Trouble or Not?

After a long interview with Huntley District 158 Controller Mark Altmayer, the Northwest Herald published an article about how the finances of District 158 were bleak. It was so bleak Certified Public Accountant Altmayer put on a lengthy presentation to … Continue reading

Huntley School Administrators are No Shows at Community Outreach Meeting

Huntley district 158 posted a five-year financial plan on its web site as part of its board packet. It was up in advance of the meeting last night of the board’s Financial Advisory Committee. When advisory committee member and former … Continue reading

Is Huntley School District Cover-Up Unraveling? Part 2

Yesterday, the first half of a report was published on what happened on the special ed front at the parents advisory committee meeting and the subsequent school board meeting. What follows, concludes that report. Board member Aileen Seedorf questioned a … Continue reading

Huntley District 158 Special Ed Moms Draw Blood, Board Divided – Part 5

This is the firth and final installment of a too long article about the discussion of spending $800,000 of special ed money allocated to Huntley School District 158 this year as a result of the Federal stimulus program. The other … Continue reading

Huntley School District 158 Proposes Budget Showing Scheduled Legal Debt Obligation Not Being Paid Back

You might think a school district’s budget has to show specifically where the money is going to come from to pay for its legal debt obligations that are due in this budget year You might think in normal budgeting, state … Continue reading

Increasing Residents Tax Burden in Huntley District 158

Increasing borrowing costs with higher fees and interest expense was proposed Tuesday night in the Huntley District 158 board room. Mark Altmayer, the new Huntley School District’s Controller, presented his plan to do this. Instead of paying what’s owed in … Continue reading

Huntley District 158 Breaks Promise to Post Board Packet When Board Receives Theirs

Huntley School District 158 School Superintendent John Burkey promised to post the board packet information when the board receives their info. As of 1:30 this afternoon there was no board packet posted under “packet.” When you clicked the link it … Continue reading