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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their, “Annual Budget and Appropriation Hearing,” via video conferencing this evening at 6:45 PM. A copy of the agenda can be viewed herebut don’t expect to see any more than that.

You will not find a, “budget and appropriation,” because clearly, the District doesn’t feel it important for taxpayers to review such trivial information prior to the public meeting. If you MUST review them, it is assumed one can obtain a copy from the District office (but there are no guarantees).

At 7:00 PM, the District will be conducting their regular monthly meeting. A copy of their typically boilerplate agenda can be viewed here.

Once again, minutes from the prior District meeting are not available for public review. If they were, residents might have questions, and the last thing commissioners want are questions.

The person responsible for this blatant lack of transparency is Dennis Kelly, President of the Barrington Hills Park Board. Word has it he is now running for President of Barrington Hills.

Given the way Kelly treats his responsibilities at the Park District, in the unlikely event he were elected Village President, the Village would likely return to what most residents remember as “The Dark Ages” we experienced prior to 2013.

Information on how to join the Zoom meetings tonight can be found here.

Related:Barrington Hills Park Board meeting tonight

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Robert Hunt

The next superintendent for Barrington Area Unit District 220 recently was named Ohio’s Superintendent of the Year.

The District 220 board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a contract with Robert Hunt, superintendent of Chagrin Falls Schools Exempted Village Schools in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Among the feedback received about Hunt is that he’s “phenomenal” and “best at what he does,” board members said.

Hunt’s contract runs from July 1 to June 30, 2024. His annual base salary will be $250,000, with 2% annual raises, plus a one-time stipend of $15,000 for moving costs and other benefits.

Hunt has served as superintendent for the Chagrin Falls district since 2012 after serving for one year as superintendent for the Streetsboro City School District in Ohio, district officials said in a news release. He was named Ohio’s Superintendent of the Year in October by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, according to cleveland.com.

Hunt started as an English middle school teacher and athletic director. He has held a variety of positions, including assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He has served since 2006 as an adjunct professor for Ursuline College in Ohio, where he taught graduate courses in school law and finance and educational administration.

Read more here.

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Twelve people have applied to run for four seats on the Barrington School District 220 Board of Education that will be up for election this spring.

The crowded field seeking four-year board terms in the April 6 election includes two incumbents, Michael Shackleton and Sandra Ficke-Bradford. Penny Kazmier, a longtime board member and current president, and first-term board member Gavin Newman have chosen not to run again.

Others seeking a run are Katie Karam, Lauren Berkowitz Klauer, William Betz, Jonathan Matta, Thomas Mitoraj, Steve Wang, and Robert Windon, all of Barrington.

Also running are Alex Strobl, of Lake Barrington, Erin Chan Ding, of South Barrington, and Malgorzata McGonigal, of North Barrington.

SD 220 enrolls about 9,000 students across one high school, two middle school campuses, eight elementary schools and one early childhood center. Towns within the district include all or parts of Barrington, Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes.

Read more from the Tribune here.

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“The Jan. 12, 2021 Board of Education meeting will be held in-person at the District Administrative Center at 515 W. Main Street, Barrington, IL. Please Note: Due to current tier 3 mitigation restrictions that limit the number of people in a meeting to 10 or less, Public Comment can be made in one of two ways:

  • In accordance with Board Policy 2.230, members of the public wishing to offer public comment in person will have the opportunity to do so, but will only be allowed in the meeting room when they are called to provide their public comment. A sign-up sheet will be available at the entrance to the building until 7:00 p.m. Community members will remain in the waiting area until called into the meeting by the Board President. While community members will not be able to remain at the meeting in-person, the Board meeting will then be available for viewing via live-stream on the District’s YouTube Channel at bit.ly/220schoolboardlive.
  • Submit your comments via email by sending them to Recording Secretary Jeanine Stark before 4:00 pm on January 12, 2021 at jstark@barrington220.org. Please use the subject line “Public Comment.” All comments received will be shared with the Board and added to the public board agenda on January 13, 2021.

Board policy 2:230 Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings and Petitions to the Board requires those speaking to identify themselves by first and last name and limit comments to three minutes.”

A copy of their agenda can be found here.

One of the topics on the agenda is, “8:00 PUBLIC HEARING concerning the intent of the Board of Education to sell $4,600,000 Working Cash Fund Bonds for the purpose of increasing the District’s Working Cash Fund.

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Recordings have been released from last month’s Board of Trustee’s meeting (12.17.2020), and the Village Attorney’s report contained the following update:

“Just really quickly, the Drury litigation versus the Village discovery is now closed. It’s moving in to motion practice, so we’ll hopefully get some kind of ruling in February, March-ish.”

To listen to the recording of the December 17th BOT meeting, click here.

Related:Things may get very interesting after Thanksgiving…

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Here is what you need to know about the coronavirus in Illinois, what you can do to stop it from spreading, and what steps state and local governments have or have not taken in response.

Entire state hits Tier 3 lockdown, masks mandated until June 3

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Jan. 3 continued his mask mandate and social distancing requirements for another 150 days. Masks must be worn indoors as well as outdoors if a six-foot distance cannot be maintained. The orders are possible because he issued 11 disaster declarations as a result of COVID-19.

Illinoisans were all being urged to work from home and limit unnecessary travel starting Nov. 20. Tier 3 mitigations were imposed statewide, including a statewide ban on indoor dining and bars, ban on indoor group recreation and other restrictions on retail, fitness centers, offices and other indoor facilities.

Read an enlightening article from Illinois Policy here.

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January 6, 2021

Dear Barrington 220 Community: 

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a relaxing and safe winter break. 

As a reminder, this Thursday and Friday (Jan. 7 and Jan. 8) will be Distance Learning days for ALL students. On Monday, Jan. 11 the district will welcome back small groups of special education and at-risk students, while all other students will continue with Distance Learning for the week. 

As we prepare to implement the Hybrid 2.0 plan on Tuesday, Jan. 19 we wanted to remind everyone of some additional key dates: 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13: Elementary Hybrid 2.0 teacher assignments announced
  • Friday, Jan. 15: NO SCHOOL for all students, as staff prepare for transition from Distance Learning to Hybrid 2.0
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19: Hybrid 2.0 begins for all students

COVID-19 Symptom Screening App

In an effort to promote a safe and healthy environment for students and staff entering our buildings, all schools will continue using the COVID-19 Symptom Screening app. The web app allows families and staff to quickly and easily report current COVID-19 symptoms. A web app is a website that functions like an app, but does not require a download from an App Store. All staff, visitors and students entering school buildings should use this web app each day before arriving at school. To access our COVID-19 Symptom Screening web app, visit health.barrington220.org on any device. To learn more about the web app, please watch the short video by clicking here.

We look forward to welcoming back the students who will be in our buildings for in-person instruction for Hybrid 2.0, as well as continuing to provide the Distance Learning opportunity for those families who have chosen to continue on that path.”

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The pandemic that created so many hardships in 2020 is far from behind us, but with vaccines already being distributed to millions and the calendar turning to a new year, there’s reason for optimism as we begin 2021. We asked mayors and village presidents in the Northwest suburbs what they hope to see their communities accomplish in the year ahead.

Barrington Hills, Martin McLaughlin

The village is currently testing the use of cameras to create a “virtual gated community,” which if approved, will be implemented in 2021.

Barrington, Karen Darch

Next year, we are looking forward to leading the community “back to normal” after the pandemic and beginning work on our Route 14 Metra access project as well as engineering work on the Route 14 underpass.*

South Barrington, Paula McCombie

In 2021, we are looking forward to working on an increase in development and new business, as well as the completion of our serenity garden in our Village Conservancy.

The plans of Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Lake Barrington and others can be viewed here.

* We were wondering what ever happened with the,Curious Questions with Karen Darch,” podcasts?

The first (and only) podcast was in February, and we think she should reactivate it given current events (District 220, for example), since the first one was so stimulating!

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After the initial rush to file for office last week, the field of candidates for school districts throughout Cook County grew even larger, fueled by widespread debate about how to approach the COVID-19 pandemic.

A whopping 12 candidates filed to run for four open board positions in Barrington Unit District 220, and nine candidates did so for three open spots in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211. Monday was the last day to file nominating papers with the Cook County clerk’s office.

Throughout the fall, District 220 had especially intense conversations regarding when to reopen for in-person learning, with vocal complaints from some parents. “I think there’s certainly been a heightened sense of interest, and that may have supported more people to run,” said Board President Penny Kazmier, who is not running for reelection after 16 years on the board. “My hope is that the people running for office aren’t running on a single issue.”

Here are the candidates running in the major school districts in Cook County.

• Barrington Unit District 220: Incumbent Sandra Ficke-Bradford and Michael Shackleton and newcomers Lauren Berkowitz Klauer, Erin Chan Ding, William Betz, Alex Michael Strobl, Jonathan Matta, Katie Karam, Thomas J. Mitoraj, Steve Wang, Malgorzata McGonigal and Robert Windon for four open positions.

Read on here.

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“At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Board gave final approval to its share of the local property tax rate for 2020. Barrington 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for more than 80% of the district’s annual operating revenues.

Based on CPI tax cap limits and capturing new construction in the tax base, the district expects to receive an overall 2.5% tax increase compared to last year, however it is common for school districts to request more than expected in case new construction in the tax base is larger than anticipated. For this reason, Barrington 220 has requested a 4.4% increase to ensure new construction is taxed fairly for all taxpayers. The actual increase will not exceed CPI plus the amount associated with actual new construction. 

Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue for 2020 is $129,637,470.”

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