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Barrington Area Unit District 220’s elected officials are expected to decide Tuesday night how they want a delegate to vote on security-related resolutions at the Illinois Association of School Boards’ annual convention in Chicago. The meeting will begin at 7 PM at District 220’s administration center, 515 W. Main St., in Barrington.

One resolution up for a vote at the convention Saturday would encourage state legislation allowing individual school boards to decide whether to permit armed teachers and other staff members in their districts. The other proposal would encourage lawmakers to create and fund a statewide grant program to help districts hire school resource officers or other armed security.

District 220 board members have received community feeback on both sides of the security proposals.

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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.

Read more here.

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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After low turnout in April’s election that saw voters reject a $185 million bond issue for Barrington Area Unit District 220, officials are encouraging parents, students and others to register to vote ahead of March’s primary election featuring a scaled down ballot measure.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 officials are encouraging parents, students and others to register to vote as part of an effort connected to next year’s $147 million referendum to fund building projects.

“I’m not sure how many people we actually will get,” District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris said, “but it’s at least worth the opportunity to engage people in their constitutional right.”

Harris said the district’s goal is to have employees qualified to perform voter registration at all 12 schools and the administration center on Main Street in Barrington, with the hope of boosting turnout within District 220’s boundaries in March. That idea was endorsed by school board President Penny Kazmier at a recent meeting.

It’s a nice kind of community service, I think,” Kazmier said.

Read more from today’s Daily Herald here.

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Members of Barrington Area Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America wore their red shirts at a recent Barrington Area Unit District 220 meeting asking that elected officials reject a resolution that supports arming teachers or other school employees on campus.

Groups including the League of Women Voters and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America are urging suburban school leaders to oppose a proposal before the Illinois Association of School Boards that would support legislation allowing districts to arm teachers and staff members.

The measure is expected to be up for a discussion and vote when the association holds its annual convention next month in Chicago. Under the resolution, the association would encourage state legislation allowing individual school boards to decide whether to permit armed staff members in their districts.

Similar opposition is surfacing to a proposal that the school board association lobby lawmakers to create and fund a statewide school safety grant program that would help districts hire school resource officers or other armed security.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

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