Letters to the Editor

Letter: Say no to McHenry referendums

To the Editor:

Shrinking enrollment, houses that stand vacant. Let us make it harder to live in McHenry. The government’s job is not to build recreation centers – leave that to private investors such as LA Fitness, YMCA and others. Vote no to the McHenry Recreation Center expansion and keep the government from competing with the private recreation industry.

McHenry High School District 156 has a bond issue up for vote. School districts only share the population growth studies when they benefit. If a recent study were shared, we would learn the student population of District 156 has shrunk. McHenry Campus West total student population shrank from 1,596 in 2013 to 1,429 in 2017, that is 89.5 percent of the 2013 population.

The number of full-time teachers has not shrunk at the same rate: There were 145 in 2013, and 134 in 2017. Using the same shrinkage of 89.5 percent, 145 should be 130. Still, having 134 means there are four extra teachers on the payroll at $69,522 each, plus benefits, who are being paid. The school district says the pupil-to-teacher ratio is 20:1.

I don’t know the math the board learned, but when I divide the 2017 population, 1,429, by the 2017 number, 134, I get a ratio of 10.66 pupils to one teacher. Heck, call it 11:1. A long way from 20. Check the school’s website for the data source.

I took the time to write this because I am tired of our local governmental bodies always with their hand out for more, more, more.

In its promotion of this bond issue, District 156 includes student population growth as a reason, but it has not offered any proof. The district also is promoting the concept that by approving this bond, you will be seeing a tax decrease, convoluted thinking by like-minded people to convince others the resolution has value. Residents would realize a much larger savings to their real estate tax bill by voting no in huge numbers, making sure the message is loud and clear. The message: “One bond issue being retired does not entitle you to another bond issue, no matter how you disguise the bond issue.”

Don Schaefer

McHenry

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