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Two flawed studies

To the Editor:

McHenry County College wants to expand. Indeed! It wants $278 million in the next 10 years and a total expenditure of $640 million in 40 years.

The MCC Board has been advised by a professional who states that the county growth rate projection is ludicrous, sloppy and the numbers were pulled out of the air. Every school district has declining elementary and secondary enrollment.

MCC Board Chairman Mary Miller considers that the exact rate of growth is not as important as being ready and that we would be remiss if we were not prepared for growth.

The consulting firm Wright and Co. stated that the projection was conservative at 3 percent a year.

The consulting firm Evergreen Solutions was paid $23,000 for a salary and benefits study. It was flawed, and MCC President Vicky Smith hopes to obtain a corrected total compensation chart. Last fall MCC approved a three-year union contract based on the results of this study and may have to honor it, flawed or not.

Question: When you hire a consulting company, do you set any parameters or guidelines and discuss figures to be used? Two flawed studies!

If MCC really needs space in the future, there are several huge vacant buildings with big parking lots to reinvent campus expansions not at the present MCC complex. The old Oak Manufacturing is one block away from the downtown Metra station.

William Silvester

Crystal Lake

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