School District Strike in City of McHenry

Because nobody else will… I shall.

School District 156 which is the City of McHenry is on strike.  The big two sticking points are teacher’s salaries and who will pay for the increased cost of healthcare due to… Obamacare.  Here is the link if you want to look up the official School District 156 teachers salaries online.  I converted the pdf document into excel and ran the numbers… for the children of course.  Are salaries for D156 really unfair?

The average teacher salary in School District 156 (excluding administrators and “Other Benefits”) is $68,650.49.

The average salary in School District 156 (including administration but excluding “Other Benefits”) is $71,515.33.

The average median income in McHenry County Illinois according to the US Census Bureau is $76,145.

The average teacher salary in School District 156 including “Other Benefits” (ie healthcare) is $79,891.38.

How the numbers break down

Salary Chart

Every teacher’s salary is plotted on this chart. Only 40 teachers in School District 156 make less than $70,000 a year with benefits out of 165. Administrators are not counted in this number.

16 teachers make less than $50,000 a year INCLUDING benefits.
31 teachers make less than $50,000 a year in salary only..
40 teachers make less than $69,999 a year INCLUDING benefits.
125 teachers make more than $70,000 a year INCLUDING benefits.
36 teachers make more than $100,000 a year INCLUDING benefits.

Here is a Channel News 7 report on the strike – really – watch this.  Let me ask you a question Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer of McHenry County, would you like a annual 2.75 percent pay increase with your employer paying half of your healthcare benefits?

Salary XLS ButtonThat is the offer the teachers turned down.  Is the school district being unreasonable?

McHenry County is the 29th most expensive county to live in in the United States.  This is due to the ridiculous number of taxing districts in our county and a lack of political “gravitas” to do something about it.  Go pull out your tax bill and look at the biggest line items on the bill.  The highest line item in almost every circumstance is the elementary school district – in Fox River Grove’s case, School District 3.  The second largest line item is your high school district, again, in Fox River Grove’s case, School District 155.

I am all about the numbers and the economic reality we face here in McHenry County.  That is it, that is all, nothing else.  The taxpayers of McHenry cannot afford this continuing skyrocketing of government spending.  I have always said control what you can control.  You cannot hope to control congress but you can control your school board, your county party, your village board.  If they are spending money unwisely vote them out.

We all know we have an enormous pension problem so here is something else to think about – look at all those teachers making over $100k – do you think they retire soon?  What will that do to the teacher’s pension fund?  And lets not forget about the “final four” where the teacher’s salary is spiked for that better retirement check.

And remember teachers – you gave us Mr. Obama.  Teachers carried him to victory in several key states and now its only fair you pay Obamacare just like the rest of us.

Clearly – this is not about or for the children but I wonder if any of the children know how much our teachers are paid?

We have enormous fights on the McHenry County Board about keeping our levy flat.  We fight about it all the time (politely and with decorum I might add).  However, when you have school boards recklessly spending money on bleachers and you have to pay increasingly higher salaries, YOU, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer are left holding the tab.

Of course, no elected politician would ever say this in public – which is wrong – so I am.  You elected me to be your government watchdog.  So here I am alerting you to this.  Maybe you think the teachers in D156 need more money… maybe you don’t.