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220 Propoganda

Last month, Barrington 220 was named, “a Top Workplace in Chicagoland,” by the Chicago Tribune.  The list of other honorees can be viewed here.

No other public or private schools or districts made the list this year, and this is the third time Barrington 220 has been selected by the Tribune.

What we want to know is what has Barrington 220 done to deserve this distinction?  We’re not knocking 220, but we’d really like to know the objective criteria used considering so many other suburban schools/districts are consistently ranked higher.

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CaptureSchool Report Card

Suburban schools, districts and communities now can find out just how their students performed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Illinois State Board of Education has released school- and district-level assessment data from the 2020-21 school year.

The data provide communities with more insight into the impact of remote learning last year and what supports students need to recover. To view report card data and search for your school, visit illinoisreportcard.com.

Preliminary spring testing data released in October from most schools statewide show steep declines in students attaining proficiency in math and English language arts across grade levels — 17.8% and 16.6%, respectively.

Among English learners, the decline in meeting standards was stark: 51.5% in English language arts and 54% in math. Similarly, low-income students saw a 31% drop in English and 38.7% dip in math, while special needs students saw declines of 30.4% in English and 23.5% in math.

State education officials are encouraging school districts to use the P-20 Council’s Learning Renewal Resource Guide, combined with the local student data, to develop evidence-based strategies to support students’ recovery from the pandemic.

Read more here.

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BHS Winterfest

The Barrington High School Fine Arts Department is proud to present the 2nd Annual Winter Wonderfest! Tickets for this district-wide event are now on sale.

Winter Wonderfest runs December 3-5, and it will be a spectacular walk-through event with lights, decorations, trees and performances from across the district. This year, the walking tour and hands on experiences will occur both outside and inside of BHS.

Please arrive during your time slot with your printed or electronic ticket to ensure that the event runs smoothly. All tickets are $10 per person. Click here to purchase a ticket.

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220 11.16.2021

More than a dozen Barrington School District 220 parents and students urged school board members at the Nov. 16 Board of Education meeting to disregard the state’s mask mandate and make mask-wearing optional for students.

From elementary age to high school, a few students shared how the masks have been distracting in school, making it hard for them to breathe and learn. Students said they felt constricted, couldn’t see their teacher’s faces to learn a language or sing, and often couldn’t hear their teachers in class.

Parents questioned COVID-19 infection rate metrics and wondered out loud why Illinois is among states in the country still requiring masks. Many of the 16 people who commented during the public comment portion of the meeting recommended the board ignore the governor’s executive order and the Illinois State Board of Education’s mask mandates, suggesting there would not be consequences.

“Not being able to see my peers’ faces has put me at a disadvantage,” a Barrington High School senior told the board Nov. 16, adding he feels like he’s entering a “dark cloud” when he arrives at school.

The teen said he often meets with peers outside of school without masks and feels like he’s living in two different worlds.

“I feel like I have a muzzle on,” he said. “I’m here to implore you to have a mask option, freeing the students.”

Read more here.

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220 7.13

At the often intense Barrington School District 220 school board meeting July 13, 2021, district parents and other stakeholders showed their support for the district not mandating students wear masks in school. (H. Rick Bamman / Pioneer Press)

The Illinois Association of School Boards voted Nov. 18 to terminate its membership with the National School Boards Association after the national group sent a letter calling on the Biden administration to investigate parents protesting at local school board meetings as domestic terrorists.

The letter sent Sept. 29 asked President Joe Biden whether confrontations of school board members by parents outraged over COVID-19 mask mandates and school curriculum constituted domestic terrorism under the Patriot Act.

“The decision follows previous attempts by IASB to initiate changes to the governance structure, transparency, and financial oversight of the national association,” a news release from IASB stated. “IASB suspended payment of dues to NSBA for 2021-2022 but continued to work to try to bring about needed changes.”

Since sending the controversial letter nearly two months ago, 26 state school board associations have chosen to distance themselves from the national education organization. As of Nov. 20, 15 of those states have discontinued membership or stopped paying dues to the NSBA.

“The Board recognizes the need for a healthy national organization that can provide training, federal advocacy, shared resources, and networking opportunities,” IASB said. “IASB communicated to NSBA that ‘IASB no longer believes that NSBA can fill this important role.’ In September NSBA sent a letter to President Biden calling for federal assistance, without knowledge or support of its state association members.”

Read more here.

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The Christmas centerpiece and classic ballet, The Nutcracker comes back to the Barrington community and stage this year. The Nutcracker tells the timeless tale of Clara’s magical journey into the Land of Sweets.

The show will feature professional guest artists, BDE company members, and over 100 local performers. Children and adults will be captivated by the choreography, costumes, set, score and holiday flair.

Barrington High School, 616 W Main St

Friday, November 26 at 7 PM
Saturday, November 27 at 2 & 7 PM
Sunday, November 28 at 2 PM   (Sold Out)

Tickets are $25-32 and will go on sale on Wednesday, October 20. To purchase, visit www.barringtondance.org or call 847-382-6333.

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220 Admin

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the 220 Board heard a presentation about the tentative 2021 tax levy, which determines how much taxpayer money the district will receive in 2022. Barrington 220 collects property taxes from Cook, Kane, Lake, and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for approximately 84% of the district’s annual operating revenues.

Each year the district requests a tax levy increase, in order to match the expenditure increases for cost-of-living increases, service and material increases, and other expenditure increases. If approved, the district expects to receive a 1.5% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 2.5% increase in the event new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue for 2021 is $132,396,948.

The next step in the tax levy approval process is a public hearing set for the Dec. 7 Board meeting. The Board is anticipated to approve the tax levy on Dec. 21. You can listen to the full presentation by clicking here.

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Debra Ann Buettner

Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of Barrington Hills Trustee Debra Ann Buettner, who died unexpectedly late last week at the age of 60.

Born in Elgin and raised in North Barrington, Buettner was a Barrington High School graduate who moved to Barrington Hills in 1991 with her husband, James Hammond.

Buettner was in her first term as a village trustee, bringing her professional experience as a tax and transactional attorney to that role, as well as in her prior position as an appointed member of the village’s zoning board of appeals.

Village President Brian Cecola reflected on her contributions to the community in a written statement.

“Deb has been a friend for a number of years,” Cecola said. “I personally got to know her in 2015 during my first election campaign for village trustee. I was elated when I learned Deb decided to run in 2019 for village trustee, as I knew she would make an excellent board member.”

The strengths she brought to her local government roles were personal as well as professional, he added.

“Deb was very detailed and knowledgeable,” Cecola said. “Her heart was with the residents. She was always willing to listen to people and constantly wore a smile. She will definitely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, Jim, and her family,”

Read more here.

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220 Board 2021

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street.  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can viewed here.

Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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