Monday, April 8, 2013
Cary residents Chris Christensen and Josh Howell are running for the Cary District 26 School Board in the April 9 Consolidated Election.
To the Editor: "As a parent of students in Cary School District 26 and someone who has been actively involved in Three Oaks, Prairie Hill and now CJHS, I urge District 26 voters to select Chris Christensen and Josh Howell on April 9 for school board. Chris and Josh have been active in the district in a positive manner. I’ve watched them work effectively with teachers, administrators and parents. They understand providing a quality education for our students is a top priority, but balance that understanding with the pressure taxpayers are under. Chris and Josh know what it will take to build on the recent progress of the district without jeopardizing its financial future. It took several years to get District 26 out of a financial hole, but…
Monday, January 28, 2013
After considering several options, Cary District 26 will stick with its original plan of marketing the vacant Maplewood School, the Northwest Herald reports.
Monday, January 28
District 26 officials will continue efforts to sell Maplewood School, the Northwest Herald reports. Ideally, school officials would like to reparcel the property, located at 422 W. Krenz Ave. in Cary, in order to the keep the district's transportation department at the site. Should the entire property sell, District 26 would have to move the transportation department to another location, which could cost $2.9 million, the Herald reports. District 26 is trying to sell the vacant school, one of three closed since 2004 due to budget cuts and decreasing enrollment, the story said. The original section of the school was built in 1926.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Classes for Cary Community Consolidated District 26 and Prairie Grove District 46 begin tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 22.
The first full day of school is one day away for the approximately 3,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Cary Community Consolidated District 26. Classes in Prairie Grove District 46, in Crystal Lake, start tomorrow as well, where teachers will begin the second consecutive "first day of school" without a finalized contract with the district. Educators have already been back to the classrooms, preparing for the start of the upcoming school year. Monday and Tuesday were school institute days for District 26 and 46, during which staff spent many hours in meetings. At Three Oaks Elementary School, 1514 Three Oaks Rd., Cary, instructors were awaiting the arrival of students and parents for "Back to School Night." Held from 6…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The district administration cited many criteria failures in Vision Group's application.
The Cary School District 26 Board of Education voted unanimously to deny the charter school proposal submitted by the nonprofit, Vision group. Superintendent Brian Coleman presented the administrative findings, which included 13 requirements that Vision Group did not meet. Fiscally sound, enrollment, admissions, school governance, goals and community support, were among the non-complaint items that fail to comply with the Illinois charter schools law. Over a 5-year term, Coleman said the charter school proposal would cause the district to lose an estimated $12 million. “Based on purely looking at the proposal, there was no documentation or evidence of support from stakeholders, parents, teachers, pupils, or community members,” Coleman …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Changes come amid Nov. 7 police standoff.
Superintendent Brian Coleman presented updated changes to the Cary School District 26 emergency plan in wake of a standoff incident that occurred Nov. 7. The incident, which transpired in the Foxford Hills neighborhood, coincided with the dismissal time of students in district 26. Frank M. Vantrepotte of 1000 Nighthawk Way was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm for allegedly shooting a handgun in the direction of a woman, the Northwest Herald originally reported. After receiving a call from a dispatcher from SEECOM advising Coleman to not send buses through the neighborhood of the accident, he decided to put the schools in a general lockdown. Coleman said there were many issues on that Monday of the incident but two primary …
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
District 26 has sent out five bid packets to potential bidders.
Cary School District 26 finance committee met Monday night to discuss the timeline for the fiscal year 2012 budget, registration fees and the Maplewood property. The district has made four attempts to collect fiscal year 2011 registration fees from parents and guardians of students in the district. Those fees are used for materials for students. With more than $41,000 outstanding in fees, the administration would like to continue to use NCInc, as a collection agency, which charges 10 percent on all monies collected within the first 10 calendar days of payment and 35 percent thereafter. "I know people are struggling and we do our best, Superintendent Brian Coleman said. "We provide payment plans for parents who can't pay it all at once, you…
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Cary School District 26 teachers are paid an average of $69,000 per year.
Cary School District 26 teachers’ are among the highest paid in McHenry County, according to the Illinois School Board of Education statistics. At the April 11 finance committee meeting, board members said they will be asking the teachers union for $2.5 million in wage and benefits concessions. The cuts would contribute to an effort by the school board to balance its budget, which requires at least 2.1 million from its 2012 budget and another $5.5 million by 2015. However, if concessions aren’t made by May 1, the school board may close another school, which would cut about $1.2 million from the budget. Board President Chris Spoerl presented an employee compensation overview at the meeting showing district administrators' and teachers' …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
School District 26 Community Engagement, Finance Committees' met Tuesday night to discuss potential cuts and possible increased class sizes.
The talk of closing a school, increasing class sizes and making potential cuts brought community members out to pack the Cary District 26 special finance committee meeting last night. About 70 attendees were on hand to listen and voice concern about class sizes possibly going up to 35 for the 2011-12 school year, budget concerns and reductions. The community engagement panel, concerned teachers, staff and parents all brought questions and concerns to the table. Many questions directed at the board and administration addressed how the budget numbers will work, increased class sizes and potential cuts. Superintendent Brian Coleman presented a staffing plan comparing the 2010-11 school year to the proposed plan he presented at last week's …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
District 26 policy and finance committees' met last night to discuss 2012 staffing plan and Five-year financial plan.
The goal for the District 26 is to balance the budget every year and provide the best education possible. T. Ferrier, Director of Finance and Operations, said the five-year financial plan is a "living" document and in her presentation to the finance committee, she said the five-year plan has significantly changed over the past month or so. The originally estimated $4 million of reductions required over the next three years has increased to $5.5 million over the next four years. Ferrier outlined the CPI as the first major contributing factor of the increase, which affects the 2010 levy. In the current five-year plan, the CPI is estimated at 2.2 percent but with the release of 1.5 percent CPI, the effect was a reduction in revenue of more …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Be apart of a committee that voices public input at the Board of Education.
Cary District 26 Board of Education Community Engagement Committee is currently taking applications for five positions on its community member panel. The application has five questions, asking your time in the community, interest in joining, if you are a past/present/future parent of a student, what school does he/she attend or plant to attend and any relevant background for the panel position. Three of the positions will be open in February, one in March, and one in April, which a current community engagement panel member will join the Board of Education, taking the position of current board member Vicki Pesch. The Community Engagement Committee panel is made up of eight representatives from the Cary D26 community who work in conjunction…