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The Village Board of Trustees will be holding their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. Some of the topics for discussion and/or vote include:

  • [Vote] A Resolution Approving the Execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement with Cook County for the Donlea Road Drainage Investigation Resolution 20 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of ALPR Equipment and Related Services and Software for use by the Village Police Department Resolution 20 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to the Existing Special Use Permit for an Expansion of the Parking Lot at 160 Hawthorne Road Ordinance 20 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Adopting by Reference of the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance 20 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Consenting to an Amendment of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements for Hurstbourne Subdivision Resolution 20 –
  • [Vote] Resolution of Proclamation Congratulating Janet Agnoletti Upon Her Retirement From the Barrington Area Council of Governments Res 20 –

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. Those wishing to try to listing in on the meeting can phone 508-924-1464.

Related: Mosque replica planned for 160 Hawthorne Road?,” “Cook County to investigate Donlea Road flooding problems

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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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A subscriber forwarded this snap taken this morning in Barrington.

Related:Right to Choose for Barrington School District 220

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Following is from District 220:

“Dear Barrington 220 Community: 

Between now and the start of winter break on Wednesday, Dec. 23, Barrington 220 will continue in Distance Learning mode. That being said, we recently received news from the Lake County Health Department regarding a vaccine timeline and revised guidance for schools, and we intend to offer families the choice to participate in a Hybrid mode (in-person + distance learning) or all Distance Learning starting in mid-January. Dr. Harris and the Board of Education will be discussing the details for the Hybrid mode at the Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Due to restrictions that limit gatherings to 10 people, the meeting will be held virtually, however it will be live streamed on the Board’s YouTube channel beginning at 7pm. If you wish to make public comment it can be made in one of two ways:

  • Submit your comments via email by sending them to Recording Secretary Jeanine Stark at jstark@barrington220.org. Please use the subject line “Public Comment.”
  • Between now and 4:00pm on Tuesday, Dec. 15 you can leave a voicemail at 847-842-3576. This will be played during the public comment portion of the Dec. 15 Board meeting.

Click here to view the Board of Education agenda for December 15.

Meanwhile, New Trier High School will have their regular Board of Education meeting tonight at their usual “Grown-Ups Tables” in the school Board Multi Purpose Room at 6:30 PM where people can actually make public comments in person. Clearly, they don’t feel the need to obey, “His Master’s Voice,” as “some” do.

We encourage those who have listened in to 220 Board of Education meetings to spend a little time tuning into tonight’s New Trier meeting. The difference will be humbling and better explain why New Trier is rated so highly compared to CUSD 220.

The live stream of the meeting can be accessed here at 6:30 PM.

Related: “Right to Choose for Barrington School District 220

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Editor’s note: Readers are encouraged to share the following with the Barrington Education Association, Dr. Brian Harris and the 220 Board of Education.

Holy Family Catholic Academy eighth-grade student Meaghan Barrio. (Courtesy of HFCA Staff)

Many people are coping with the stress of the pandemic by focusing on positive things — those silver linings of 2020 that need to be acknowledged and celebrated.

Such is the grateful mindset at Holy Family Catholic Academy. Since March, the Inverness school has navigated uncertainty head-on and shepherded students from preschool through eighth grade to a new normal of school.

Principal Kate O’Brien attributes HFCA’s success to a resilient community.

“Every day I am blessed to be part of this unbelievable community of dedicated teachers, eager students and supportive parents. Together, we are facing this complex situation, making adjustments, and moving forward,” said O’Brien.

The ability for organizations to move forward through adversity hinges on the leadership and culture of the organization, and HFCA’s culture of continuous improvement has resulted in creativity rather than paralysis.

Since August, HFCA has welcomed students for in-person learning and offered remote learning for families choosing that option. Running parallel programs has been challenging, but e-learning teacher Lorry Liesenberg said, “I work closely with my in-person colleagues. We are teaching the same content, only in different settings.”

Keeping with HFCA’s focus on hands-on learning, e-learners do not just watch a science experiment, but receive materials to complete hands-on science experiments at home.

Following COVID-19 safety protocols has been a top priority and creative plans have been implemented to relocate classrooms and lessen exposures. The academy’s middle school moved to block scheduling to reduce movement of students and re-imagined their nationally recognized, innovative STEM modules.

Remote middle school students livestream classes and continue to feel part of the community by collaborating virtually with in-person students.

Equally important to academics is the teachers’ dedication to being present for their students’ social and emotional needs.

“Our teachers care deeply about our students and each other. Many have forgone personal and social interactions to ensure the safety of our community. They have gone above and beyond to learn new tools, sometimes overnight, while also cheerfully greeting and bringing normalcy to both our in-person and e-learning students,” O’Brien said.

This commitment is not lost on students.

“I am so happy to be back at school! I have a medical condition that puts me at risk, but I feel completely safe at school and am so thankful for my amazing teachers,” said eighth-grader Meaghan Barrio.

Resiliency, along with its cousin perseverance, are those valuable life skills that, by definition, can only be developed when challenged by adversity. HFCA’s success in 2020 is measured by the many ways the faculty embraces uncertainty by continually learning and changing while still staying true to their mission to develop global thinkers and leaders grounded in faith.

The HFCA parent community values the school’s commitment.

“We are all so grateful for our Holy Family community. Our children have adapted so well and are not just surviving but thriving. HFCA has truly given all of us such stability in a time of so much uncertainty,” said Jenn Ping, a HFCA parent.

Submitted by Deb Atkins 

Submit ‘Your News’ at www.dailyherald.com/share.

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The Arboretum of South Barrington is facing a foreclosure lawsuit amid widespread economic pressure on the retail and hospitality industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the lawsuit filed in Cook County circuit court in September, UnionBank states that the owners of The Arboretum didn’t pay interest on the property’s $67.2 million mortgage and didn’t pay off the debt when it matured in April, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

The 480,000-square-foot outdoor shopping center at Higgins Road and Route 59 is listed as part of the portfolio of Starwood Retail Partners, a division of Starwood Capital Group.

Starwood Retail Partners and UnionBank didn’t return requests for comment Wednesday.

“Unfortunately we have no comment,” said a woman who answered The Arboretum’s customer service number.

South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie said she had no firsthand knowledge of the lawsuit but was informed Wednesday morning that The Arboretum has a court-appointed receiver. That person is Mike Zucker, managing partner of Peak Properties, based in Chicago.

Read more here.

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Editorial note: We’re beginning this story as it ended with the Barrington Courier-Review coverage for what should be obvious reasons.

Penny Kazmier – President Barrington CUSD 220 Board of Education

A timeline calls for a board vote on the new hybrid plan at the Dec. 15 meeting. If approved, the next step would be parent meetings with principals at each school Dec. 16. Parents would then have from Dec. 16 to Dec. 22 to complete a questionnaire and choose either hybrid or all-remote learning for their students.

With that information, principals would finalize staffing assignments from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15. That would help change the current TBD implementation date into a specific one.

Assistant Superintendent David Bein also reviewed for board members the possibility of regular testing of students and staff in conjunction with the new hybrid plan. But the overall cost and questions about the usefulness of any test results led board members to drop consideration, at least for the present.

“I’d rather spend money on buses and teachers,” (Penny) Kazmier said.

To read the full story, click here.

Related:220 won’t consider COVID-19 testing at this time (as opposed to New Trier, thus our response)

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A Change.org petition is circulating among the District 220 community that reads:

“We, the parents and taxpayers of District 220, are calling for the immediate termination or resignation of Superintendent Brian Harris. 

Superintendent Brian Harris has failed the students of District 220 and the community as a whole.  Since the onset of COVID-19, and declaration of COVID-19 as a worldwide pandemic, he has not fulfilled his responsibilities and duties as Superintendent of District 220. 

Despite having ample opportunity to prepare and train teachers/staff for this situation, our children have received less than 3 full days of face-to-face instruction during the 2020/21 school year.  Many other surrounding school districts have provided a consistent daily face-to-face hybrid option for students since August.  Brian Harris did NOT provide this option for our students, even though over 70% of parents voted for this option in a District 220 survey and have voiced their concerns tirelessly with no response.

We believe parents and guardians of District 220 students should have the OPTION to CHOOSE in-person learning 5 days a week OR remote (distance) learning.  

Brian Harris did not put our children’s needs, safety, well-being, and health at the forefront of his leadership and decision-making process. As such we are asking for his immediate termination or resignation.

Please sign this petition and forward it to everyone you know to help provide better options and leadership for ALL our children. Our goal is to have in excess of 3,000 signatures prior to the next school board meeting on December 15, 2020.”

To view and sign the petition click here. Thank you.

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