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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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Adepero Oduye is shown in a scene from the R-rated movie “Pariah,” which is included as an option for film class at Barrington High School.

The mother of a senior at Barrington High School complained to the school board about a movie students watched that portrays a sex toy.

School officials said they take the complaint seriously, but emphasized that students always have a choice about what to watch for the film class.

Heather Ewalt lodged her complaint in a voicemail that was played as part of public comment during the Barrington Area Unit District 220 board meeting held via Zoom on Tuesday night.

Ewalt’s comments focused on what she called “reckless incompetence” from Superintendent Brian Harris for keeping students in distance learning. She mentioned the movie’s depiction of a sex toy as an example of Harris’ failed leadership, she told the Daily Herald.

The 2011 R-rated movie “Pariah” is a coming-of-age story of a Black lesbian teenager, a theme that Ewalt said she doesn’t have a problem with. But she objected to some of the film’s scenes, including one in which the main character wears the sex toy (“dildo” was the term used).

“I have an issue with the hyper-sexualization of our children,” she said. “This is high school, it isn’t college. I wouldn’t even want to watch it in college, but I’m conservative.”

Ewalt’s son watched the movie at home because he’s learning remotely, and her three younger children could have caught glimpses of it, she said. “I hope they didn’t,” she said.

Read more here.

Ewalt’s public comments via voicemail can be heard here.

Related:FIRE D220 Superintendent Brian Harris” signs seen in Barrington

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 has a plan for a return to hybrid learning Jan. 19, citing revised guidance from the Lake County Health Department and the anticipation that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for educators sometime next month.

The Jan. 19 date accounts for keeping schools closed for a period after winter break, as advised by the health department due to expected travel and gatherings, Superintendent Brian Harris told the school board Tuesday night.

An online petition asking for Harris’ firing and/or resignation has garnered more than 1,700 signatures, including from outside the district. Harris, who is retiring in June, didn’t return a request for comment regarding the petition.

“The board has received and read the petition,” board President Penny Kazmier said Wednesday. “I understand that these COVID times have been very difficult on everyone, but Dr. Harris continues to have the support of the board of education.”

The board spent five evenings in the last two weeks meeting with superintendent candidates and feels “really good” about the interviews, Kazmier said. The new superintendent is expected to be named in early 2021.

Read more of the Daily Herald report here.

Related: “D220 to offer families choice to participate in Hybrid or Distance Learning starting Jan. 19

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District 220 issued the following release this afternoon:

“At the Dec. 15 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Harris shared that Barrington 220 families will have the choice to participate in a Hybrid mode or Distance Learning beginning Tuesday, January 19. The decision was made after receiving new information from public health officials which indicates that it is safe for students to return to a Hybrid mode if school districts continue to implement the following five CDC mitigation strategies with fidelity: 

  • Consistent and correct use of masks
  • Social distancing to the largest extent possible
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Contact tracing in collaboration with local health department

The date of Tuesday, January 19 was chosen for the following reasons: to allow for mitigation time recommended after winter break due to travel and family gatherings, as well as time for operational transitions related to transportation, food service, and staffing.

Over the past several weeks school principals and district leaders have been working to improve the Hybrid plans at each level. Please read the information below to learn more about each plan.

Elementary Hybrid 2.0

In the elementary Hybrid 2.0 plan students would attend school in-person five days a week, for 2.5 hours each day. Those 2.5 hours would focus on literacy, math and social emotional learning. Students would still be divided into two groups, “Group A” and Group B”. Group A would attend in-person instruction in the mornings and Group B would attend in-person instruction in the afternoons. You can view the schedule in the image below. 

Elementary families who wish to continue with Distance Learning will be placed in full remote classrooms and students will continue following their current learning schedule, which includes synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

All elementary families will be sent a questionnaire tonight asking them to select if their student will participate in Hybrid 2.0 or Distance Learning for the spring semester. In addition, they will be asked to indicate whether or not their student will be using district provided transportation. Please complete this questionnaire by 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 20.

In addition, all elementary principals will be holding virtual meetings this evening to explain more details about the Hybrid and Distance Learning options. If you did not receive information about this meeting, please contact your principal.

Middle and High School Hybrid 2.0

In the middle and high school Hybrid 2.0 plans students would remain in two groups, “Group A” and “Group B”. However, it would include Wednesdays as an additional in-person instruction day. For example, one week Group A would be in person all day Monday-Wednesday, while Group B would be in person all day Thursday-Friday. The following week Group A would be in person Monday-Tuesday and Group B would be in person Wednesday-Friday. Students who choose to continue Distance Learning would continue to follow the schedule they are currently following, as teachers will be providing concurrent (simultaneous) instruction to students who are remote and in person.

*All middle and high school families will receive a communication this week which will show whether they selected Hybrid or Distance Learning back in October. Families who wish to change their selection for January will have to make the change in Infinite Campus. The communication will explain how to do this. A second communication will be sent out after winter break regarding transportation for middle and high school students.

Timeline

220 released a video which can be seen here.

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Amid the heated debates in recent months over school reopenings, some Northwest suburban school districts are seeing larger-than-usual fields of candidates who intend to run for their local school boards in April.

More than 480 school board candidates submitted paperwork on the first official filing day Monday across four locations set up by the Cook County clerk’s office. That included 140 candidates who stood in line to hand in their petitions at Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect.

Candidates have until the close of business next Monday to turn in their nominating paperwork. But already, many of the new candidates are parents who’ve become regulars of their local school board meetings, where the reopening debate has raged through the pandemic.

Barrington Unit District 220 board Vice President Sandra Ficke-Bradford is the lone incumbent to have filed this week. She was joined by Lauren Klauer, Erin Chan Ding, William Betz and Alex Michael Strobl in a bid for four spots on the panel.

Read more here.

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The McHenry County Blog reported the following:

“Here is who filed for office in Barrington Hills Monday:

Village President:

  • Brian D. Cecola

Village Trustee:

  • Laura S. Ekstrom
  • David Riff
  • Thomas W. Strauss”

Source

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Petition for referendum certified this week, McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio says

Algonquin Township voters will decide whether to abolish the local government unit in the April election after a petition for a referendum on the matter was certified by McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio and the township clerk’s office this week.

An effort to gather township voter signatures to get the referendum on the ballot was initiated by McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally and former McHenry County Board Chairman and state legislator Jack Franks.

The petition was successful in gaining approval to head to voters in the spring, Tirio said Thursday, and will appear on the ballot barring any formal objections or legal actions taken by voters to prevent that from happening.

The petition required signatures from 445 township voters to be certified for the upcoming election, and those gathering the signatures were led in part by McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson, a longtime critic of the township form of government who is seeking to consolidate the township he helps lead.

Anderson said almost 100 signatures more than necessary were turned into the township clerk and county clerk offices.

The ballot measure will offer the latest test case for how McHenry County residents feel about the framework for township abolition set up by a state bill sponsored by state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, that was signed into law last year. McSweeney decided against running for another term this past November.

Read more here.

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The December 9, 2020, Park Board Meeting will be held via video conferencing at 7:00 PM. A phone number and access code is available to the public for anyone who would like to observe or comment during the meeting.

The agenda (seen here) includes, “Approval of the November 2020 Park Board Meeting Minutes,” but they are not provided to residents to review. Also on the agenda is, “Tax Levy Ordinance 12-09-2020-01,” but this too seems unavailable for public inspection. This has been standard practice for as long as anyone can remember. The District seems to believe the less people know the better it is for them.

Instructions to conference in to the meeting are:

Video Conference: Please click on this Link on December 9, at 7:00 p.m., in order to join the video conference. https://cdwmeet.webex.com/meet/drewmcm Please follow the prompts to join.

Phone Access: If you would like to join by phone, rather than by computer, please call this number on December 9, at 7:00 PM
312-535-8110
Enter this access code and hit the # symbol.

Access code 927 291 240 #
If you choose to dial in, rather than use a computer, you may not be able to see onscreen visual aids.

If you accept this meeting invite and it is on your phones digital calendar, you can click the phone number in the “location” bar … your phone will automatically dial in, and automatically enter the code.
There will be a recording of the meeting, in compliance with Illinois regulations … I will provide a link and a password to the recording after the meeting.

Meeting Agenda: The Park District will also take public comments by email or written submission and will read those comments at the public meeting. Submit by email to: office@bhillsparkd.org

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Barrington Village President Karen Darch

Barrington Village President Karen Darch, three incumbent village trustees and Village Clerk Tony Ciganek will run for reelection in the spring as part of a slate they’re calling “Barrington Forward.”

Darch, who is seeking her fifth term as the village’s top elected official, said in an announcement of the slate Tuesday that the group provides “strong, steady, and proven leadership” as Barrington continues to deal with fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re working proactively to support community efforts, help our local businesses survive, and maintain the village’s fiscal stability by remaining fiscally responsible,” she said. “Meanwhile, we’re keeping an eye on the future. Barrington was thriving before this pandemic, and the Barrington Forward team will ensure we continue this positive momentum.”

The slate’s trustee candidates are Todd Sholeen, who’s served on the board since 2015; Jennifer Wondrasek, who was elected in 2017 and is seeking a second term on the panel; and Mike Moran, who was appointed to the board last year when former Trustee Jeff Janssen resigned because he was moving out of state.

Ciganek will be seeking his second term as village clerk.

Read on here.

Related: Barrington trustees agree to sales tax incentives for two high-end vehicle dealerships, bringing ‘economic rewards over time’

Barrington launching ‘Curious Questions with Karen Darch’ podcast

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