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District 220 Superintendent Robert Hunt

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, including, “Consideration to Approve a One-Time, Performance-Based Payment to Dr. Robert Hunt in the Amount of $15,000,” can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) Board of Trustees meets tonight at 6:30 PM at 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Election of President, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Swearing-in of new Trustee Allison Murray.
  • Appointment of Attorney and Auditor.
  • Consideration and possible approval of a Resolution setting the date for the public hearing on the Combined Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for 2022-2023
  • Consideration and possible approval of a Resolution Ratifying the Second Addendum to the January 1, 2020 Agreement between the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District and Paramedic Services of Illinois, Inc.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed and saved here.

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“As Barrington 220 moves forward in its strategic planning process Framework 220, the district is seeking more of your feedback to develop its mission, vision, strategic priorities and learner profile.

Barrington 220 will be holding eight “Framework 220 Coffee & Conversations”. At these meetings, community members will be able to learn more about the work that has been done so far in the process and provide feedback. All community members are welcome to attend.

  • Monday, May 16: 6pm-7pm in the Black Box Theater at BHS
  • Thursday, May 19: 8am-9am at Pepper Park Coffee
  • Thursday, May 19: 9:30am-10:30am at Panera Bread
  • Friday, May 20: 9am-10am at Pepper Park Coffee
  • Monday, May 23: 8am-9am at Calibre Coffee
  • Monday, May 23: 1pm-2pm at Southern Belle’s
  • Tuesday, May 24:10am-11am at Starbucks on Main
  • Wednesday, May 25: 8am-9am at Sunny Hill Elementary

If you plan on attending, please fill out this RSVP form. To view the Framework 220 presentation from the May 3 Board of Education meeting, please click here.”

Click here to visit the Framework 220 website. That is all.

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Big Red 6

The Barrington Hills Chronicle (a Riding Club of Barrington Hills splinter group), posted what follows on Wednesday:

“The Riding Club of Barrington Hills is inviting all volunteers this Saturday, May 14th, to a roadside clean-up campaign on Route 62 (Algonquin Road). A meeting at the the Riding Center on Bateman Road will start at 8:30am (this Saturday, May 14th), or feel free to join whenever it is convenient for you. Every Saturday in May is the clean-up plan.”

In addition, three additional events are taking place tomorrow:

These activities are occurring at the same time tomorrow morning, primarily along Bateman, Algonquin, Brinker, and County Line Roads.

Readers are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when driving in these areas. On any given day, the Village has two patrol people covering the entire Village, and even with additional resources allocated, they hopefully will not be overwhelmed.

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FRVPC

“Join us for the 2022 FRVPC Mini Event, Combined Training and Dressage Show to kick your show season off at the beautiful Barrington Hills Riding Center. Again, this year, in additional to the Mini Event and Combined Training classes are Dressage Classes.

We will be running the same classes and schedule both Saturday and Sunday. Each day will feature ribbons for 1st through 8th place and TIPS awards. Show both days to be eligible for our high point awards. This show is part of the IDCTA schedule.

Come join us and kick off your season in a fun, and safe way!”

Click here for more information.

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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Top Work Places

The Chicago Tribune is once again soliciting nominees for the Top Workplace in Chicago awards.  Late last year it was announced CUSD 220 made the list, and was only public school in Illinois to be named to the list.

The Tribune states, “A top workplace is successful because its employees enjoy their work, embrace their mission and feel like valued teammates.”  Winners will feature the region’s Top Workplaces in a special edition this Summer.

To learn more, click here.   To register your nominee(s), click here to get started, and as they say at the Barrington Education Association, “Vote early and vote often!”

Related:Barrington 220 (again) named “Top Workplaces 2021” by the Chicago Tribune

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Springfield

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed 35 bills Friday, including measures impacting education, driving and public safety retirement.

Beginning Jan. 1, certain members of law enforcement can retire at the age 55 instead of 60.

Among the bills Pritzker signed Friday are measures that reduce the number of professional development hours for an educator license and allow a school district to waive the evaluation requirement of certain educators if they were rated “excellent” or “proficient” previously.

Another measure pertaining to schools prohibits districts from withholding a student’s grades, transcripts, or diploma because of an unpaid balance on school accounts.

Starting Jan. 1, a measure requires various state agencies to establish programs to receive reports from the public about possible self-harm, criminal acts or potential harm directed at school students, employees or schools.

Effective immediately is a measure that requires grocery stores or supermarkets to display both the regular price and discounted price of an item.

Several measures deal with driving. One measure starting Jan. 1, 2023, prohibits “street sideshows on any street or highway of the state.” A separate measure permits people with a suspended driver’s license due to failure to pay child support to obtain a school bus driver permit “under a new set of circumstances.”

Read more here.

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Gas

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s campaign gimmick to delay his next gas tax increase assumes Illinois drivers have a short memory. One working mom says her $72 fill-up is a regular reminder of just how many taxes Pritzker has imposed.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent campaign ad features a guy in buffalo plaid at a gas pump claiming the six-month delay in the automatic gas tax hike “means relief for us, not for oil companies.”

There’s no mention of how Pritzker was the one who doubled the gas tax and built in the automatic annual increase he is delaying, but a working mom of three certainly remembers.

“I recall when Pritzker instituted the gas tax hikes in 2019 and we immediately saw prices jump 20 cents per gallon. Now I think they are up about 40 cents per gallon from when he took office. So $35 for a 16-gallon fill-up is now $72 for the same,” said Gina Williams, a working mom of three.

Pritzker doubled the state gas tax from 19 cents to 38 cents in 2019 as part of a $45 billion infrastructure plan that included plenty of pork projects. The increase also included inflation-based automatic gas tax increases every July 1, a tool which allows lawmakers to avoid unpopular votes to continually raise the gas tax.

The hike initially drove Illinois gas taxes to the No. 3 spot nationally from No. 10 less than a year after it was enacted. Continued hikes have bumped Illinois up to No. 2.

Worst of all, Pritzker’s ad fails to tell voters the gas taxes resume shortly after the election. Drivers face two automatic increases in 2023: the 2.2-cent increase delayed to Jan. 1 and then the regular automatic increase on July 1, 2023, projected to be 3.8 cents a gallon.

Read more here.

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At last night’s Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting, district leaders provided the Board with an update on the district’s strategic planning process “Framework 220”.

Last month a group of 50 stakeholders representing business leaders, university leaders, parents, staff and students came together for Phase 2 of the process “Learner Profile Development”. A Learner Profile articulates the critical skills and competencies the district aspires to develop within its students.

This past weekend a group of about 100 stakeholders came together for a two-day Framework 220 Summit, which focused on the development of Barrington 220’s mission, vision and strategic priorities, as well as the Learner Profile.

Based on the feedback, district leaders presented this draft of a Learner Profile to the Board. The district will be seeking additional feedback from community members over the next few weeks. Stay tuned to learn how you can provide your feedback.

Click here to listen to the full presentation.

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