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District 220 Superintendent Robert Hunt

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, including, “Consideration to Approve a One-Time, Performance-Based Payment to Dr. Robert Hunt in the Amount of $15,000,” can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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“As Barrington 220 moves forward in its strategic planning process Framework 220, the district is seeking more of your feedback to develop its mission, vision, strategic priorities and learner profile.

Barrington 220 will be holding eight “Framework 220 Coffee & Conversations”. At these meetings, community members will be able to learn more about the work that has been done so far in the process and provide feedback. All community members are welcome to attend.

  • Monday, May 16: 6pm-7pm in the Black Box Theater at BHS
  • Thursday, May 19: 8am-9am at Pepper Park Coffee
  • Thursday, May 19: 9:30am-10:30am at Panera Bread
  • Friday, May 20: 9am-10am at Pepper Park Coffee
  • Monday, May 23: 8am-9am at Calibre Coffee
  • Monday, May 23: 1pm-2pm at Southern Belle’s
  • Tuesday, May 24:10am-11am at Starbucks on Main
  • Wednesday, May 25: 8am-9am at Sunny Hill Elementary

If you plan on attending, please fill out this RSVP form. To view the Framework 220 presentation from the May 3 Board of Education meeting, please click here.”

Click here to visit the Framework 220 website. That is all.

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Top Work Places

The Chicago Tribune is once again soliciting nominees for the Top Workplace in Chicago awards.  Late last year it was announced CUSD 220 made the list, and was only public school in Illinois to be named to the list.

The Tribune states, “A top workplace is successful because its employees enjoy their work, embrace their mission and feel like valued teammates.”  Winners will feature the region’s Top Workplaces in a special edition this Summer.

To learn more, click here.   To register your nominee(s), click here to get started, and as they say at the Barrington Education Association, “Vote early and vote often!”

Related:Barrington 220 (again) named “Top Workplaces 2021” by the Chicago Tribune

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Springfield

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed 35 bills Friday, including measures impacting education, driving and public safety retirement.

Beginning Jan. 1, certain members of law enforcement can retire at the age 55 instead of 60.

Among the bills Pritzker signed Friday are measures that reduce the number of professional development hours for an educator license and allow a school district to waive the evaluation requirement of certain educators if they were rated “excellent” or “proficient” previously.

Another measure pertaining to schools prohibits districts from withholding a student’s grades, transcripts, or diploma because of an unpaid balance on school accounts.

Starting Jan. 1, a measure requires various state agencies to establish programs to receive reports from the public about possible self-harm, criminal acts or potential harm directed at school students, employees or schools.

Effective immediately is a measure that requires grocery stores or supermarkets to display both the regular price and discounted price of an item.

Several measures deal with driving. One measure starting Jan. 1, 2023, prohibits “street sideshows on any street or highway of the state.” A separate measure permits people with a suspended driver’s license due to failure to pay child support to obtain a school bus driver permit “under a new set of circumstances.”

Read more here.

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Hart

A sign on Hart Road warns of headaches ahead.

Patching and resurfacing will require intermittent daytime lane closures in the Barrington, Lake Zurich and Deer Park areas beginning Monday, May 9th, weather permitting.

Work is scheduled for Lake-Cook Road/County Line Road/Main Street from Hart Road in Barrington to Rue Touraine in Lake Zurich, passing through Deer Park.

The $4.2 million improvements consist of resurfacing the 4.6-mile stretch of Lake-Cook Road/County Line Road/Main Street and constructing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. Work is expected to be completed in October. Access to residences and businesses within the work zone will be maintained throughout construction.

Visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com for traffic and road conditions.

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At last night’s Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting, district leaders provided the Board with an update on the district’s strategic planning process “Framework 220”.

Last month a group of 50 stakeholders representing business leaders, university leaders, parents, staff and students came together for Phase 2 of the process “Learner Profile Development”. A Learner Profile articulates the critical skills and competencies the district aspires to develop within its students.

This past weekend a group of about 100 stakeholders came together for a two-day Framework 220 Summit, which focused on the development of Barrington 220’s mission, vision and strategic priorities, as well as the Learner Profile.

Based on the feedback, district leaders presented this draft of a Learner Profile to the Board. The district will be seeking additional feedback from community members over the next few weeks. Stay tuned to learn how you can provide your feedback.

Click here to listen to the full presentation.

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220 Admin

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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USN

U.S. News and World Report released its 2022 Best High School rankings this week, and five Chicago schools were ranked in the top 100.

The publication ranked nearly 18,000 public high schools by assessing six factors based on their state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

Eleven Illinois high schools ranked in the top 300. They are:

  • Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago is ranked number one in Illinois and number five nationally
  • Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago is ranked number two in Illinois and number 31 nationally
  • Jones College Prep High School in Chicago is ranked number three in Illinois and number 51 nationally
  • Young Magnet High School in Chicago is ranked number four in Illinois and number 67 nationally
  • Lane Technical High School in Chicago is ranked number five in Illinois and number 84 nationally
  • Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park is ranked number six in Illinois and number 161 nationally
  • Adlai E Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire is ranked number seven in Illinois and number 167 nationally
  • Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills is ranked number eight in Illinois and number 238 nationally
  • Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale is ranked number nine in Illinois and number 277 nationally
  • New Trier Township High School Winnetka is ranked number 10 in Illinois and number 285 nationally
  • Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest is ranked number 11 in Illinois and number 292 nationally

Barrington High School ranked number 25 in Illinois and 610 nationally. Dundee-Crown High School ranked number 192 in Illinois and 5,612 nationally. The complete ranking is here.

Watch the FOX 32 Chicago report here.

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The first round of stakeholder feedback on the performance of Barrington School District 220 that officials say will help frame the district’s strategic plan offered a mix of praise and compliments, along with suggestions for improvements, consultants explained.

The educational consulting firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates gave a presentation to the school board at its April 5 meeting, discussing Phase 1 of the district’s “Framework 220.” The consultants reported on feedback collected from a combination of focus groups and community questionnaires from over 4,000 stakeholders.

According to the HYA presentation, the consultants conducted a mix of interviews and an online survey of 22 administrators, six school board members, 51 classified staff, 224 teachers and certified staff, 284 community members, 1,378 parents of students attending the school and 1,786 students.

Consultants said respondents wanted the district to consider a focus beyond college preparation and shared a concern about students in the “middle.” Some respondents also questioned whether the district was meeting the social and emotional needs of students, improving technology and communication as well as refining academic programs, according to the presentation.

Those queried were also asked about their support for a referendum to build a new fine arts center. Although 38% said they were undecided, another 24% of respondents said they would “likely support” a referendum while 20% reported they would strongly support such a referendum.

According to the report, respondents want the district to “focus on ‘well-rounded’ students, social emotional skills and a variety of student experiences in order to prepare for a variety of choices after high school.

Read more here.

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BHS

At last night’s 220 Board meeting, the Board approved construction bids for a portion of the BHS Build 220 projects. An estimated total of $62 million out of the $147 million referendum will be spent at BHS, which includes all construction costs and non-construction items such as safety and security, furniture and technology.

Construction is set to begin this summer, starting with the relocation of the tennis courts. All BHS construction is anticipated to go through 2025. Click here to listen to the discussion.

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