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The first round of stakeholder feedback on the performance of Barrington School District 220 that officials say will help frame the district’s strategic plan offered a mix of praise and compliments, along with suggestions for improvements, consultants explained.

The educational consulting firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates gave a presentation to the school board at its April 5 meeting, discussing Phase 1 of the district’s “Framework 220.” The consultants reported on feedback collected from a combination of focus groups and community questionnaires from over 4,000 stakeholders.

According to the HYA presentation, the consultants conducted a mix of interviews and an online survey of 22 administrators, six school board members, 51 classified staff, 224 teachers and certified staff, 284 community members, 1,378 parents of students attending the school and 1,786 students.

Consultants said respondents wanted the district to consider a focus beyond college preparation and shared a concern about students in the “middle.” Some respondents also questioned whether the district was meeting the social and emotional needs of students, improving technology and communication as well as refining academic programs, according to the presentation.

Those queried were also asked about their support for a referendum to build a new fine arts center. Although 38% said they were undecided, another 24% of respondents said they would “likely support” a referendum while 20% reported they would strongly support such a referendum.

According to the report, respondents want the district to “focus on ‘well-rounded’ students, social emotional skills and a variety of student experiences in order to prepare for a variety of choices after high school.

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220 Admin

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. Some of the topics on their agenda are:

  • Consideration to Approve BMS – Prairie Campus Parking Lot Bid
  • Consideration to Approve Food Service Renewal
  • Consideration to Approve Barrington High School Bids (?), and
  • Consideration to Approve Project Work Order #8 to the Pepper Construction Company Master Agreement for BHS Addition & Renovation in the amount of $34,409,093

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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Pepsi

The Pepsi facility is located just west of the CUSD 220 Administration Center on Main Street, and you can just picture Ficke-Bradford and Collister-Lazzari opening their coin purses with this news.

PepsiCo is closing its Barrington research and development facility, laying off 78 employees and transferring the rest of the 212 workers to other locations, the company said Wednesday.

The New York-based food and beverage giant will begin the layoffs June 24 and complete them by the end of September, according to a notice filed with the state Monday.

PepsiCo is closing its Barrington research and development facility, laying off 78 employees and transferring the rest of the 212 workers to other locations, the company said Wednesday.

The New York-based food and beverage giant will begin the layoffs June 24 and complete them by the end of September, according to a notice filed with the state Monday.

The northwest suburban Barrington facility also conducted research and development for Quaker Oats products. About a third of the Barrington-based employees are leaving the company, including those who either declined relocation or didn’t get an offer, the company said.

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At the April 5 Board meeting representatives from educational consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) gave a presentation to the Board which included the data collected during the first phase of the district’s strategic planning process “Framework 220”.

During Phase 1, HYA conducted seven focus groups with about 260 district stakeholders, as well as interviews with Board of Education members and district leaders. In addition, all community members had the opportunity to complete an online community questionnaire about the state of the district. A total of 3,751 stakeholders completed the questionnaire. Click here to view the results from Phase 1.

Phase 2 “Learner Profile Development” will engage a small group of stakeholders this month to help create a draft of a learner profile that articulates the critical skills Barrington 220 aspires to develop within its students.

Phase 3 “Strategic Plan Development” will engage a large group of stakeholders in a two-day summit on April 29 and April 30 that will focus on the development of the district’s mission, vision and strategic priorities.

You can listen to the entire presentation beginning at 1:02:48 in the meeting video.

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220 Board 2021

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street.  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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Data presented to the Barrington School District 220 school board earlier this month shows a downward student enrollment trend, information provided as the board begins to determine staffing for the 2022-2023 school year.

At the March 1 board meeting, board members received a color-coded grid that detailed current and projected enrollment throughout the district – which includes eight elementary and two middle schools, and Barrington High School. As of Feb. 28, the total district enrollment was 7,799 students, according to the data presented. Enrollment for next year, which does not yet include kindergarten, is projected at 7,572 students, with the largest decline among high school students.

Although board members did not discuss any specific staff numbers or vote on any reductions of employees at this meeting, they are expected to do so in the weeks ahead to comply with state laws and contractual obligations for teaching and support staff. District administrators will make staff recommendations based on current and projected student enrollment, officials said.

“I want to point out this is the initial phase for this and you know there are going to be a variety of iterations as we go forward,” Superintendent Robert Hunt told the board.

The presentation was in response to the board’s request to present class sizes throughout the district that were within the parameters of 25-27 students per classroom.

Deputy Superintendent Craig Winkelman reported that recent data shows a gradual decline of 250 students over the next 10 years in the district, along with a slight uptick in elementary school enrollment. Winkelman said the district experienced a slight enrollment decrease during the 2017-2018 school year when the 8,400-student count dropped to 8,300. Then in the spring of 2019-2020, the district experienced “a larger shift of a couple hundred students,” he said.

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220 Admin

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street.  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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220 Board 2021

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street.  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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JB Pissed

Earlier this week, a bipartisan legislative committee in Springfield suspended the renewal of the state’s emergency mask mandate in schools.

As a result of that action, the Illinois Fourth District Appeals Court ruled, “None of the rules found by the circuit court to be null and void are currently in effect…Accordingly, for the following reasons, we dismiss defendant’s appeal because the expiration of the emergency rules renders this appeal moot.”

The ruling posed late Thursday night is a setback for Governor Pritzker, who sought to keep the mask mandates in place inside schools despite his plan to loosen mask restrictions in the state come February 28.

The dismissal comes after a downstate judge ruled at the beginning of February in favor of a group of parents from across the state who sued over the mask requirement.

The governor then appealed that ruling, but in the meantime, a legislative committee made up of Republicans and Democrats voted Tuesday against extending the mask mandate in schools as the state waited for guidance from the appellate court.

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BMS

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at Barrington Middle School – Station Campus, 215 Eastern Avenue, .  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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