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Note: This is the second article we’ve posted on the August 15 District 220 meeting due in no small part to the caption in the photo below:

A group of more than 20 residents lobbied the Barrington School District 220 board at the Aug. 15, 2019 meeting, asking board members to include a fine arts center in the $147 million referendum the board will place on the March 17, 2020 election ballot.

The Barrington School District 220 board voted to make another go at getting money for what officials say are needed infrastructure, safety and other school building improvements, this time asking taxpayers to green light a $147 million referendum.

The measure will be placed on the March 17, 2020 primary ballot, after school board members voted at the Aug. 15 meeting to approve that move.

Board members decided to ask the community for $38 million less than the $185 million on the referendum voters rejected in the April 2 election. They reached a consensus on the referendum – after discussing which school improvements to include and which to postpone until later – following four meetings since June 8, including two last week. There was one primary goal.

“We have to be sure the community as a whole is with us,” said board President Penny Kazmier “We can’t go to the voters without being prepared. We have to have a good plan. We have to decide ‘where do we draw the line?’”

Read the full Barrington Courier-Review story here.  As you’ll read, the board did not approve requesting funding to cover a new fine arts center.

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For the second time this week, only two people watched the Live Stream of the Barrington 220 Board of Ed meeting, and The Observer was one of the two.

At a special Board meeting on August 15, Board members approved placing a $147 million school district referendum question on the March 17, 2020 primary election ballot. A successful referendum would:

  • Improve safety and security at all Barrington 220 schools
  • Eliminate mobile classrooms at BMS-Prairie, BMS-Station and Grove Elementary
  • Repair and renovate aging building conditions at all schools, such as heating, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing and roofs
  • Improve traffic circulation at pick-up/drop-off zones at BHS
  • Build PE/Wellness addition at BHS

Build front addition at BHS, which would include:

  • New Student Services area (counseling, attendance, health services, dean’s office), so students can easily access these services in one central location
  • Additional classroom space and cafeteria improvements

Build additional classroom space at all elementary schools to be used for:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) instruction
  • Students with special needs 

While the Board did not include building a new fine arts center at Barrington High School in this referendum, it does include funds to complete the architectural design. If voters approve the March 2020 referendum, the Board has committed to engaging the community in a collaborative discussion, to create a model for future consideration.

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Two (2) people tuned in to the Barrington 220 Board of Ed Live Stream Tuesday night

At its August 13 meeting, the Board of Education continued to discuss which projects should be included in a future school district referendum question. The Board plans to place a referendum question on the March 2020 ballot.

The statutory deadline for the Board to approve a referendum question on the March ballot is December 30, 2019, however Board members are preparing to approve a question well before the deadline.

The referendum discussion will continue at a special Board meeting on Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 PM at the District Administrative Center, 515 W. Main St.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 board members intend to vote Tuesday, Aug. 13, on whether to place a question on the ballot early next year seeking voter permission to borrow money to fund building projects.

The meeting begins a half hour early at 6:30 PM at District 220’s administrative center, 515 W. Main St. in Barrington.

Board members will need to decide a dollar amount and projects for the planned March 17 referendum. It would be the second time in about a year the district went to voters for funds.

Voters in April defeated a measure seeking to raise property taxes to pay for $185 million in building projects. If the board can’t decide the issue Tuesday, the elected officials would return for a special meeting at the administrative center 7:30 PM Thursday, Aug. 15.

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Hoffman Estates officials have scheduled a pair of meetings for local governments and the public to weigh in on a proposed tax incentive to encourage development on the north corners of the intersection of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The village is proposing the tax increment financing district for 24 acres at the northeast corner and 16 acres at the northwest corner, independent of any existing development plan — including the Plums Farms concept that’s been stalled for two years.

Including adjacent right of way, the proposed TIF district would cover 64 acres. Initial revenue from the TIF would pay for public utilities on the land.

A Joint Review Board made up of the local governments that would see their tax revenues affected by the TIF district is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

Read more here.

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Tucked on the outer edges of southern Cook County, suburban Park Forest was built to help answer a housing shortage in the 1940s as GIs flooded home from World War II. Before long, it became a model of suburban living, featuring enviable public schools and an attractive downtown shopping center anchored by a Marshall Field’s.

Today, the legacy department store is long gone. The high school, Rich East, is facing such low enrollment that it is being considered for closure. And, as of 2017, financially strapped homeowners were stuck with the second-highest property-tax rate in Cook County.

Among them is Ryan Dupée, who is being billed more than $3,800 in property taxes for a modest, ranch-style home he and his wife bought under foreclosure four years ago for just $25,000.

“It’s a shocker and it’s disappointing because your money could go to other things,” Dupée said, adding that while they aren’t paying a mortgage the property taxes are difficult for them to handle, especially since he’s between full-time jobs as a quality assurance auditor.

Read the full Better Government Association investigation here and realize what we already knew – it’s not just Barrington Hills. 

This story was co-published with Crain’s Chicago Business, as part of a Crain’s Forum project on affordable housing.

 

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At its July 30 meeting, the Barrington District 220 Board of Education discussed which projects should be included in a future school district referendum question. The Board plans to place a referendum question on the March 2020 ballot.

The statutory deadline for the Board to approve a referendum question on the March ballot is December 30, 2019, however Board members are preparing to make that decision in advance of the deadline. The referendum discussion will continue at the next Board meeting on August 13, as the Board prepares to vote on which projects should be included and the total dollar amount.

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