The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To Prairie Grove School District 46, and in particular board member Khushali Shah, for taking a look at whether consolidating with another area school district makes sense. Enrollment at District 46 has been declining for years. The two-school district had 1,018 students 10 years ago. In 2012, enrollment was about 10 percent down, at 915 students. We’ve long said that there are too many units of government in Illinois and McHenry County. Consolidating school districts, and other units of government, can create efficiencies that in the long run benefit taxpayers.
Thumbs down: To businesses leaving McHenry County. Safeway announced Thursday that it was shedding itself of the 72 Dominick’s grocery stores it owns in the Chicago area, including those in Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills and Fox River Grove. Hopefully, Safeway can find a buyer to keep these storefronts occupied while turning a profit, thus keeping jobs in the county and generating tax revenue.
Thumbs up: To Harvard’s Mark Schuring, for his work creating Healing Hearts with Hooves and Hounds and providing a sanctuary for survivors of domestic violence. The program uses animal therapy to promote emotional well-being. The nonprofit group will hold a benefit event Saturday to raise money for the animals and to eventually give the program a permanent home.