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Seven referendums will appear on Lake County ballots for this spring’s consolidated local election.   The proposals include funding requests for school construction, water system improvements and fire department vehicles.

Election Day is April 2. Voting by mail begins March 8.  Early voting begins March 18.  Here are the issues:

Barrington schools

Barrington Unit District 220 voters will decide whether the school board should borrow $185 million for a variety of facility improvements.

All District 220 schools would receive security boosts and basic improvements, such as bathroom repairs and heating and air conditioning system upgrades.

The plan also calls for a new fine arts center at Barrington High School and a library renovation there, among other projects.

If approved, the owner of a house valued at $500,000 would pay about $97 more in property taxes to the district the first year.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 board members have given an early thumbs-up to an idea of creating an outdoor classroom.

Under the tentative proposal, the outdoor learning space would be in a conservation area just west of Hart Road across from Barrington High School’s stadium. The project would be on a portion of undeveloped land that District 220 owns west of Hart.

District 220’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, John Bruesch, said during a recent presentation the goal is to launch the outdoor laboratory in the 2021-22 academic year. He said the project could cost up to $750,000, with public and private funding sources covering the tab.

At a meeting this week, the District 220 board indicated a willingness to set aside $50,000 in the current summer projects budget for a surveyor and consultant to define the scope of what could be done on the Hart Road property. Formal approval is needed for the proposed expenditure.

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“In order to inform the entire Barrington 220 community about the referendum question on the April 2, 2019 general election ballot, the Board of Education is holding 3 information sessions. All community members are encouraged to attend and ask questions. The agenda at all meetings will be the same.

  • Saturday, Feb. 23: 9am at Barrington High School (616 West Main Street, Barrington) 
  • Monday, March 4: 9:30am at BMS-Prairie (40 East Dundee Road, Barrington) 
  • Wednesday, March 6: 7pm at BMS-Station (215 South Eastern Avenue, Barrington) 

In addition, you can also visit the new referendum section of the Barrington 220 website. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions, estimates on how the referendum may impact your taxes and specific plans for each Barrington 220 school.”

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Buoyed by a state grant, Barrington will lead a project to renovate a section of Flint Creek between Route 59 and Hart Road, work that officials say will improve stormwater drainage and reduce pollution.

Village board members this week officially accepted the $339,641 grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. While led by the village, the estimated $566,069 Flint Creek project also will include Barrington Area Unit District 220 and the Barrington Park District.

Flint Creek starts in Barrington Hills on the south, meanders around Barrington and eventually leads to the Fox River in the north.

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Due to extreme cold, all Barrington 220 schools are closed on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31 (District 220 announcement).

In keeping with our commitment to student and staff safety, District 300 schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 30th and Thursday, January 31st (District 300 announcement).

 

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 has a green light to pursue work on interior renovations at a vacant corporate building that’ll become its new administration headquarters on Main Street in the village.

As part of a package of other agenda items Monday night, the Barrington village board approved a special-use request so District 220 can operate in the 20,000-square-foot PepsiCo Inc. building at 515 W. Main, across the street from Barrington High School. The district approved construction bids expected to be about $1.7 million.

District 220 spent about $1.1 million last summer to buy the building that most recently was used for PepsiCo’s Gatorade division. The structure had a research-and-development zoning classification when it was sold, which is why the Barrington village board had to grant the special use for District 220 to operate the central office there.

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An advisory panel is backing the idea of installing new artificial turf at Barrington High School’s stadium in time for the fall sports season.

The proposal, backed Thursday by Barrington Area Unit District 220’s facilities committee, now must gain approval from the district’s board. Formal board consideration of the plan, which would cost $550,000 to $750,000, is expected by March.

School board members Penny Kazmier and Joseph Ruffolo, who sit on the facilities committee, agreed with a recommendation from Assistant Superintendent of Business Services David Bein to pursue the project this summer.

Bein said the cost will only rise if officials wait another year. (Where does 220 find these people?)

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