Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

“Dear Barrington 220 Community,

First and foremost, I want to say thank you. On Tuesday, March 17 registered voters in the Barrington 220 community overwhelmingly passed a $147 million bond referendum, which will greatly impact the future of our schools.

According to preliminary results, the question was approved by voters with 63% yes votes and 37% no votes.

Especially at a time like this, when our nation and our community are facing unprecedented challenges, it is amazing to see the Barrington area stand behind our schools. Together we will get through this pandemic challenge and our community will be stronger than ever before.

This vote is the culmination of a three year community engagement process, which involved collaboration and feedback from parents, students, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, community members, and architects, about the future of our schools. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, along with your community support at the polls, Barrington 220 will be able to:

  • Significantly enhance safety and security at every school
  • Better prepare our students for a successful future
  • Protect the community’s investment in our school buildings by repairing things like roofs, windows, electrical systems, plumbing systems, heating and air conditioning

We will soon begin working with our architects and engineers to develop detailed project plans and drawings. Construction will likely begin in Spring 2021 and will happen in phases over several years.

Thank you again for your support in making sure Barrington 220 remains a destination school district in the years to come.”

The 220 email can be viewed here.

Read Full Post »

Barrington Area Unit District 220 received approval for its request to borrow $147 million for building projects, including safety and security upgrades at all its schools.

Unofficial results with nearly all votes counted from Tuesday’s election show 6,045 were in favor and 3,781 were opposed in Cook, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties.

Officials said the $147 million will pay for basic projects, including upgrades to school safety and security, plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris said the next move will be to hire a construction manager, architect and bond counsel to assisting in financing the work.

Read more here.

Read Full Post »

Early morning glitches delayed the opening Tuesday of two Barrington polling places and created technical issues at four others, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Clerk’s office.

The polling location at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington still had not opened as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday while the one at Barrington Village Hall opened by 9:30 a.m. Polls had been scheduled to open at 6 a.m.

James Scalzitti, the director of communications for the Cook County Clerk, said in an email that polling places at the church and Barrington Village Hall did not open as scheduled because election judges did not arrive to open the locations.

Scalzitti said replacement workers were sent to Village Hall and the church. While the Village Hall poll opened by 9:30 a.m., he said there was no hand sanitizer at Willow Creek.

More here.

Read Full Post »

We have several concerns with the referendum that the Barrington School Board chose to place on the March 17 ballot, but for the sake of time, we’ll forego listing them all and get down to our primary objection, which happens to be our most timely one.

A few short months ago, District 220 issued the following press release:

“Barrington 220 is proud to announce it has been named one of the 2019 Top Workplaces in the Chicago area by the Chicago Tribune. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner, Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection. Click here to see the full list.”

Dr. Brian Harris, Superintendent of Schools, wrote the following of 220’s top workplace distinction:

“I am very proud of our staff for making Barrington 220 a great place to work. Their dedication and passion are reflected each day in the outstanding education we provide to our students.”

In fact, District 220 is the only school district listed on the Chicago Tribune’s list of Top 150 Workplaces in the Chicago area. We think that’s admirable, but the reality sets in all too quickly for parents, students, teachers, staff and, above all, taxpayers when considering another list.

In the most recent ranking of best high schools in Illinois by U.S. News and World Report, Barrington High School ranked 35th.

Those high schools ahead of Barrington in the Chicago area were: Adlai E Stevenson HS (6), Libertyville HS (10), Hinsdale Central HS (12), John Hersey HS (13), Deerfield HS (14), New Trier Township HS Winnetka 15), Glenbrook North HS (16), Lincoln Park HS (17), Prospect HS (18), Neuqua Valley HS (19), Buffalo Grove HS (20), Glenbard West HS (21), William Fremd HS (22), Vernon Hills HS (23), Glenbrook South HS (24), Lake Forest HS (25), Highland Park HS (26), Evanston Township HS (27), Westinghouse HS (28), Metea Valley HS (29), York Community HS (30), Naperville Central HS (31), Naperville North HS (32) and St. Charles North HS (34).

When considering the two lists we’ve shared, we must ask why District 220’s board and, more specifically, Dr. Brian Harris, can be so pleased with Barrington’s lackluster rank among other high schools.

There was a time when New Trier and Barrington High Schools were the gold standards to be considered when families were relocating to the Chicago area. As one can see, New Trier is still well respected, and we challenge our Board of Education to commit to trying to improve the Barrington High School that we once enjoyed and was so widely envied.

Passing the proposed referendum will not accomplish this. Perhaps when the Board begins such initiatives, we’ll look forward to endorsing them.

Read Full Post »

Barrington Hills Village Hall is an Early Voting Site for Cook County Residents Only. Be sure to park in the lot that faces Algonquin Road and use the North Facing entrance. Early voting hours for this location are as follows:

Friday, March 13, 2020: 9 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2020: 9 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2020: 9 AM – 7 PM
Monday, March 16, 2020: 9 AM – 5 PM

ELECTION DAY, MARCH 17, 2020: 6 AM – 7 PM.

Voters must go to their assigned polling place to cast their ballot. Not sure where that is? Visit https://barringtonhills-il.gov/vote.

Read Full Post »

Gordon “Jay” Kinzler answers a question while seated beside Jeanne Ives during the League of Women Voters candidate forum featuring candidates for the Republican nomination for the 6th Congressional District at the Barrington Area Library Saturday. (Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer)

Two Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for the 6th Congressional District in the March 17 primary stressed their problem-solving skills and contrasting backgrounds at a forum Saturday at the Barrington Area Library organized by the League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area.

Jeanne Ives, a former state representative and veteran who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for governor in 2018, and Gordon “Jay” Kinzler, a surgeon, colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and former Glen Ellyn park board president, agree on many issues, such as smaller government, lower taxes, supporting President Donald Trump’s border wall and Second Amendment rights.

Read more here.

Read Full Post »

If you would like to skip the crowds and the politics on March 17, early voting starts today through March 16. To view early voting locations, times and more information for your county, click on the corresponding link: 

Please note: The Barrington Hills Observer does not support the Barrington 220 Referendum.  We’ll share our reasons for voting “No” later this week.

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: