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The problem at MCC

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Regarding the Dec. 21 story “MCC could need tuition increase.”

In their first six months in office, the new board majority at McHenry County College – Ronald Parrish, Tom Wilbeck, Chris Jenner and Molly Walsh – killed the giant expansion, saving taxpayers $42 million plus 30 years of interest.

Then they voted to keep the levy flat, which is $500,000 that MCC won’t levy this year or any year in the future.

That’s a darned good record for only six months in office.

Now they want to tackle waste at MCC. They only need to cut the budget by a couple of percentage points in order to balance it.

The problem is that MCC President Vicky Smith and CFO Robert Tenuta refuse to provide the board with the information needed to figure out where to cut costs. As they are the sole source of information about the college’s finances and procedures, the new board majority is stymied until these two are gone.

And because the old board voted Smith a two-year contract extension last June – literally minutes before their terms expired – the new board is stuck with Smith (and, therefore, Tenuta) until June 2015.

Remember these facts in April 2015 when Mary Miller – who voted for the contract extension – is up for re-election.

Stephen Willson


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