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Speak up

To the Editor:

I asked McHenry County College for its average class size. An official said they don’t have the data. That is a falsehood – it’s in their annual report. Average class size is 18 today versus 22 in 2005.

I also asked them how much their classrooms are being used. They told me they don’t have that data, either. But they should. How can they ask taxpayers for more money if they don’t know the extent to which their classrooms are being used now?

I visited MCC myself several mornings and evenings since school started, and I estimate that classrooms sit empty 30 percent of the school day.

In other words, if MCC just increased its average class size and used its current classrooms effectively, it could accommodate about 75 percent more students without spending a dime.

By the way, did you know that less than 30 percent of MCC’s space is used for classrooms and labs, which is only about two-thirds of what other community colleges achieve?

MCC has space available in each classroom. MCC has whole classrooms that sit empty. MCC wastes the space it has. And its growth projections are based on bad math and ignoring the declining McHenry County primary school enrollment data.

MCC’s response to the data I have presented here and previously? Total radio silence.

Taxpayers of McHenry County, you have two choices: speak up or pay higher taxes. What will you do?

Steve Willson


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