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Letters to the Editor

MCC’s health club

To the Editor:

Once again, McHenry County College’s administration has been enticed into a taxpayer-subsidized enterprise that diverts scarce education dollars from training students for jobs.

Before is was a stadium. Now it’s a health club.

Once again, taxpayers are paying $55,000 plus to Power Wellness, which manages health clubs, to show a club funded by nonreferendum debt is “feasible.”

In a guest column in the Northwest Herald, MCC’s president claimed a “partnership” would allow MCC to expand educational space “without going to the taxpayers.”

Really? Power Wellness and Meritage Healthcare Strategies did a market analysis purporting student tuition surcharges/credit hour and health club fees would cover repaying the $44 million borrowed to build a new facility.

Too bad we can’t see the study. Especially since Meritage’s study for Moraine Valley Community College predicted a “flat market demand” for clubs during the next five years.

Students should not have to pay a tuition surcharge to build a health club. Probably one they can’t afford to use, as at Wash-tenaw Community College where Power Wellness has priced students out of their fitness center.

Taxpayers should not have to subsidize a club competing with the private sector.

Jane L. Collins


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