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Barrington graduate Claire Voris, one of the best softball pitchers in school history, is pictured here in the John Marshall Wilderness in Washington state, an area burned out from a forest fire. She was evacuated approximately three times from the wilderness during the forest fire season. (Photo courtesy of Claire Voris)

Shortly after she earned her master’s degree two years ago in nonfiction writing at the University of Montana, Claire Voris was riding horses that pulled mules in the Montana wilderness.

I must say I was not totally surprised when I heard that news.

Back in high school, when she was an all-area pitcher for Barrington’s softball team, Voris also found time to unwind by riding bareback on neighborhood trails aboard her quarter horse named Babe.

“My mom (Tamara) and dad (Jim) always made it a priority of having a really deep appreciation for the outdoors,” said the 31-year-old Voris, one of the finest pitchers to step on the Fields of Dreams’ pitching mound.

“And also for the wildlife, the animals and pets in our lives.”

Today, Voris is an Events and Outreach Associate at the Great Peninsula Conservancy in Bremerton, Wash.

Read more here.


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To comply with social distancing requirements, the Barrington 220 Board of Education is making a few changes to its upcoming Board meetings.

The next regular scheduled meeting will be held at the District Administrative Center on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 PM. The only Board member who will be in attendance is Board President Penny Kazmier, along with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Harris. Other Board members will participate in the meeting via Zoom video conferencing.

Public comment can be made in one of two ways:

  • Attend the Board meeting to speak in person, while following social distancing guidelines that will be implemented as needed. 
  • Submit your comments via email by sending them to Board President Penny Kazmier at pkazmier@barrington220.org. Please use the subject line “Public Comment”.

As usual, the meeting will be streamed live so the public can view it virtually. If you wish to view the meeting live online, visit: bit.ly/220schoolboardlive


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Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris, third from right, was among officials to stand with Gov. J.B. Pritzke March 13, 2020 at the Thompson Center in Chicago when the governor announced that all K-12 schools statewide will be closed for a period of time in an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“This afternoon Governor Pritzker extended the “stay at home” order for all Illinois residents until April 30. 

This means all Barrington 220 school buildings will remain closed to students through at least Thursday, April 30. 

However, school is “open” in the virtual format. During the entire month of April we will continue implementing our Distance Learning Plan (click to see FAQs) on weekdays. The state has deemed these “Remote Learning Days”, which will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

As we recently communicated, under the Remote Learning Day declaration, students will be held accountable for their assignments. Teachers will grade student work and while students can not fail a class during this time period, if they do not engage, they will receive an incomplete on their report cards. If you have questions, please follow up with your child’s principal. 

During the month of April, Barrington 220 will continue to provide meals to students in need. Meals will be dropped off at students’ homes on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2pm and 5pm. Each Tuesday, two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided per child. Each Thursday, three breakfasts and three lunches will be provided per child. On Thursdays, additional food will also be provided generously from Barrington Children’s Charities. If you wish to add or discontinue drop-off meal service, or have any questions, please contact Yazmin Aceves via email yaceves@barrington220.orgor call (847) 842-3534.

While we miss our students at our schools, we know this is what we have to do to keep everyone safe during this uncertain time. Over the past couple of weeks, the Barrington 220 community has come together in remarkable ways. Whether it’s delivering meals to families in need, or teachers driving through our students’ neighborhoods to spread some cheer, we will continue to work together and navigate this challenge.”

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Crews wrapped up their work earlier than advertised today, but they seem to have left themselves enough traffic barriers for single lane closures.  Nonetheless, the “Barrington Bypass” is once again open.

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“Dear Barrington 220 Community:

This afternoon Governor Pritzker issued a “stay at home” order for all residents in Illinois, beginning at 5pm on Saturday, March 20, through Tuesday, April 7.

This means that all Barrington 220 school buildings will remain closed to students through at least Tuesday, April 7. This is subject to change as the situation continues to develop.

At the moment, we plan to implement our Distance Learning plan on weekdays beginning on Monday, March 30 through Tuesday, April 7. Governor Pritzker did not indicate these will be considered “Act of God” days and we anticipate further guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education in the next few days. It is clear that these days will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

Spring break will continue as scheduled through Friday, March 27. There will be no Distance Learning for students during this time off.

During spring break, on Thursday, March 26, Barrington Children’s Charities graciously offered to provide meals for our students in need. All meals will be delivered to the students’ homes between 2pm and 5pm, via Barrington Transportation (school buses). Families who would like meals dropped off at their homes need to complete this survey by Sunday, March 22 at 10pm.

If you would like to help, please click here to donate to Barrington Children’s Charities.

The district also plans to continue providing meals to students in need the weeks of March 30 and April 6. We will provide more details next week.

I understand this extended closure will be hard on many families. Please know that the Barrington 220 staff will be doing everything we can in order to fully ensure our students continue engaging and learning during this time.”

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Hart Road in Barrington will be closed to through traffic beginning at 8 PM this evening through late Sunday, March 29.

The closure is necessary for AT&T to relocate fiber cables in preparation for the reconstruction and widening at the intersection of Hart Road and Route 14. The Lake County Division of Transportation worked with AT&T to ensure this closure occurred during spring break at Barrington High School.

A detour will take drivers from Route 14 to Route 59 to Lake-Cook Road. Local traffic will have access to area homes, Barrington High School and local businesses.

The closure is in preparation for construction later this year that will enhance safety and intersection operations at the railroad crossing on Hart Road at Route 14. Additional turn lanes will improve traffic flow, while a sidewalk, multiuse path and traffic and railroad signal enhancements will allow pedestrians and non-motorized traffic to safely cross Route 14 and the tracks.

For further information, click here.

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“Dear Barrington 220 Community,

First and foremost, I want to say thank you. On Tuesday, March 17 registered voters in the Barrington 220 community overwhelmingly passed a $147 million bond referendum, which will greatly impact the future of our schools.

According to preliminary results, the question was approved by voters with 63% yes votes and 37% no votes.

Especially at a time like this, when our nation and our community are facing unprecedented challenges, it is amazing to see the Barrington area stand behind our schools. Together we will get through this pandemic challenge and our community will be stronger than ever before.

This vote is the culmination of a three year community engagement process, which involved collaboration and feedback from parents, students, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, community members, and architects, about the future of our schools. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, along with your community support at the polls, Barrington 220 will be able to:

  • Significantly enhance safety and security at every school
  • Better prepare our students for a successful future
  • Protect the community’s investment in our school buildings by repairing things like roofs, windows, electrical systems, plumbing systems, heating and air conditioning

We will soon begin working with our architects and engineers to develop detailed project plans and drawings. Construction will likely begin in Spring 2021 and will happen in phases over several years.

Thank you again for your support in making sure Barrington 220 remains a destination school district in the years to come.”

The 220 email can be viewed here.

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