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Barrington Area Unit District 220 will receive help from a former state lawmaker’s consulting firm in an effort to spread the word about a referendum next year seeking voter approval to borrow $147 million for building projects.

“We’re a school district,” Superintendent Brian Harris said. “We focus on teaching and learning, right, and not necessarily on how do to community informational campaigns on major projects.”

Libertyville-based EO Sullivan Consulting will assist District 220 under a monthly billing arrangement for a price not to exceed a total of $35,000, Harris said Wednesday. Operated by former state Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr., who left the legislature in 2017, the firm’s duties will include assisting in the creation of factual referendum messages and running community engagement sessions after Jan. 1.

Although state law prohibits school districts and other governments from using public money on promoting a “yes” vote for a referendum, spending on factual information is permitted.

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“PUBLIC HEARING Before the Zoning Board of Appeals Village of Barrington Hills Re: Cannabis Business Enterprises Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Barrington Hills at the Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, IL, concerning the Zoning Board of Appeal’s proposed text amendment to the Village’s Zoning Ordinance, Title 5 of the Village Code; specifically an amendment to provide that cannabis business enterprises are prohibited uses in the Village.

A copy of the Zoning Ordinance and the proposed amendment is available for examination at the office of the Village Clerk at the Village Hall, weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. All interested parties are invited to attend the Public Hearing and will be given an opportunity to be heard. Written comments on the application for text amendment to be made part of the record of this proceeding will be accepted in the office of the Village Clerk through 5 PM, October 18, 2019.”

Editorial note: The way some residents have “interpreted” the Village Home Occupation Ordinance over the years, this topic will prove to be very interesting in the coming months and years to come.

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As Barrington Community Unit School District 220 administrators get used to their roomier headquarters since moving there in May, district officials and the Board of Education could soon learn how much of the $2.6 million investment will be recouped.

Superintendent Brian Harris said the board decided two years ago that it made more economic sense to sell the then-existing 12,413 square foot building at 310 James Street in downtown Barrington and find a new facility.

Harris said the board then approved in late 2017 the purchase $1.1 million of a 20,237 square foot structure located directly across from Barrington High School, and closed on the transaction in February 2018. The district then spent more than a year on a $1.5 million renovation.

The school district is required by law to sell school real estate through a bidding process, and the board is expected to learn how much of its $2.6 million payout on the new digs will be recovered when bids are opened Oct. 29 at the district office. The minimum bid on the old building will start at $900,000.

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At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Board heard a presentation about a district-wide plan to have students complete the school day from home, on an inclement weather day, or during other emergencies. This could eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year.

The Barrington 220 administration has been working in collaboration with the Barrington Education Association (BEA) and Barrington School District Employee Organization (BSEO) on a Distance Learning Plan, which encompasses traditional lesson assignments at home that do not require an electronic device, as well as eLearning (lesson assignments at home that require an electronic device, such as an iPad).

The Board will hold a public hearing about the eLearning portion of the Distance Learning Plan, with consideration to approve it, at its next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The use of eLearning, specifically for inclement weather days, is anticipated to go before the Board for approval at its Oct. 15 regularly scheduled meeting.

Barrington 220 is working with all school PTOs to develop a document for parents that would answer frequently asked questions about the Distance Learning Plan.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220’s former administration headquarters is going up for sale to the highest bidder.

School board members Tuesday night approved a resolution authorizing the sale of the property at 310 E. James St. in the village for a minimum $900,000 through sealed bids. The 12,413-square-foot building is on a 1.5-acre site.

District 220 Assistant Superintendent of Business Services David Bein outlined for the school board a process that potentially could take a little more than a year if a winning bid surfaces.

Under Illinois school code, the first step will be publication of a notification the James Street property is for sale in a newspaper once a week for three consecutive weeks. It’s projected the property will be awarded to the highest bidder Nov. 5, subject to the minimum $900,000 price.

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All told, District 220 will likely spend over $1M on this property.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 is exploring the idea of demolishing a house it bought from a fire district, then using the Dundee Road property for improving traffic flow and parking at two adjacent schools.

District 220 purchased the roughly 1-acre site with a vacant house at 36 E. Dundee Road from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District. The $500,000 deal was struck this year after Cook County rejected a controversial plan to build a new fire station on the site between Barrington Middle School-Prairie Campus and District 220’s early learning center.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services David Bein said the first move would be to demolish the single-family house. He said preliminary estimates indicate the demolition would cost $60,000. It could cost about $500,000 to use the former fire district land for a project to improve the parking and traffic flow at the middle school and early learning center, Bein said.

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The reported $650,000 District 220 spent this summer to replace the stadium turf at Barrington High School awaits the first test of the Bronco’s 2019 season

Teachers and staff across Barrington School District 220 welcomed its more than 8,000 students back to school recently, with new security upgrades, a revised lunch program and more on tap.

School district officials plan to use the Back to School Night events to help education parents and other stakeholders on the $147 million referendum the school board voted to place on the upcoming March 2020 ballot. The move came after taxpayers rejected a $184 million one earlier this year.

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