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The Union Pacific Railroad has announced it will need to close Route 59 through downtown Barrington at the Metra tracks from Monday, November 18 at 9:00 AM through Wednesday, November 20 at 5:00 PM in order to conduct emergency railroad repairs on the tracks. 

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Members of the Barrington Plan Commissioners said residents were not vocal during the Oct. 8, 2019 public hearing on the issue of cannabis dispensaries in the village.
But Village President Karen Darch said she has heard from residents, who favor not allowing the businesses in Barrington.

The Barrington Plan Commission recommended that the village not allow cannabis dispensaries in town when recreational use becomes legal Jan. 1, but commissioners point out that residents have not publicly weighed in much on the issue – one way or another.

Plan Commission Chair Anna Bush said that when Barrington trustees referred the recreational cannabis issue to the commission to conduct a public hearing and make a recommendation on whether to allow dispensaries and other businesses as a special use, the elected leaders made their view clear.

“We got a very clear direction from the Village Board. There was little question there,” Bush said.

Village President Karen Darch said she has received a few calls and emails from people letting her know they oppose the idea of a dispensary in Barrington.

“People seem prepared to be leaning toward opting out,” Darch said. “I’ve received a few calls. It seems people would rather not see (a dispensary) here.”

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At their Nov. 5 meeting, the 220 Board of Education heard a 30-day enrollment report for the district.

On Day 30 of the 2019-20 school year, total student enrollment was 8,611. On day 30 of the 2018-19 school year, total student enrollment was 8,640.

The district expects enrollment to fluctuate during the school year, as it has in the past.

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In her report at the Nov. 5 meeting, Board President Penny Kazmier announced the district has not received any bids for the former district office located at 310 E. James Street in Barrington. The Board is currently considering its options to continue the sale process. 

In September the Board approved a resolution that would authorize the sale of the building through a sealed bid process. The minimum sale price was set at $900,000, and bids were due yesterday..  

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, Barrington 220 moved into its new location at 515 West Main Street, right across from Barrington High School.

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America members and a former CNN correspondent called on Barrington Area Unit District 220 to oppose the idea of letting local school boards decide whether to permit armed teachers or other staff members.

District 220 board members Tuesday night set aside special public comment time on two security-related resolutions that’ll be up for discussion and a vote by the Illinois Association of School Boards during its annual convention Nov. 23 in Chicago.

School boards from across the state belong to the association. District 220 and other boards will decide in advance how the convention delegates should vote on the resolutions.

Under the controversial resolution from Mercer County School District 404 in downstate Aledo, the association would encourage state legislation allowing individual school boards to decide whether to permit armed staff members in their districts.

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Editorial note: We tuned in to the 220 meeting via YouTube video streaming last night. As you will notice in the lower left hand corner of the graphic above, once again, we were the only ones who were viewing it.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 will receive public feedback Tuesday night on proposals before the Illinois Association of School Boards, including one that would support legislation allowing districts to arm teachers and staff members.

The District 220 school board meeting will begin at 7 PM at the administration headquarters, 515 W. Main St. in Barrington, but the public comment on the proposals before the state association isn’t scheduled until 8 PM.

District 220 officials are to vote Nov. 19 on which proposals before the school board association to back at its annual convention late this month. The school board is asking that comments be limited to 90 seconds. Even if supported by the association, the state legislature and Gov. J.B. Pritzker would have to back any measures for them to become law.

Daily Herald report

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In the case of Illinois’ second-largest elementary district with about 12,000 Northwest suburban students, the school with the biggest per-pupil expenditures has the most special education programs, according to the annual state report card released today.

At Barrington Area Unit District 220, Sunny Hill Elementary School in Carpentersville places first among 12 buildings at $21,108 in per-pupil expenditures, with Grove Avenue Elementary in Barrington lowest at $15,425. District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris said a low-income student population, bilingual and English as a Second Language programs, and state and federal funding requirements are reasons Sunny Hill tops the list.

State education officials said the new report card listing with the school-level per-pupil spending includes ongoing educational expenses, such as staffing, supplies, transportation, security, administrative services, and a school’s proportional share of other centralized expenditures. Expenses are broken down by federal, state and local funding sources.

Read the full Daily Herald story here.

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