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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.

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At their meeting last night, the Board of Education approved a Distance Learning Plan for Barrington 220, which would allow students to complete the school day from home on an inclement weather day.

This could eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year. The Barrington 220 administration worked in collaboration with the Barrington Education Association (BEA) and Barrington School District Employee Organization (BSEO) on the Distance Learning Plan, which encompasses traditional lesson assignments at home that do not require an electronic device, as well as eLearning (lesson assignments at home that require an electronic device, such as an iPad).

Please note, there may be circumstances when Barrington 220 does not implement the Distance Learning Plan during inclement weather and instead decides to make up the day at the end of the school year. To learn more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions document.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 will receive help from a former state lawmaker’s consulting firm in an effort to spread the word about a referendum next year seeking voter approval to borrow $147 million for building projects.

“We’re a school district,” Superintendent Brian Harris said. “We focus on teaching and learning, right, and not necessarily on how do to community informational campaigns on major projects.”

Libertyville-based EO Sullivan Consulting will assist District 220 under a monthly billing arrangement for a price not to exceed a total of $35,000, Harris said Wednesday. Operated by former state Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr., who left the legislature in 2017, the firm’s duties will include assisting in the creation of factual referendum messages and running community engagement sessions after Jan. 1.

Although state law prohibits school districts and other governments from using public money on promoting a “yes” vote for a referendum, spending on factual information is permitted.

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Following a public hearing at its Oct. 1 meeting, the Board approved an eLearning verification form. This is required in order to utilize eLearning as part of the district’s Distance Learning Plan. At its next meeting on Oct. 15, the Board will consider approving a resolution to utilize eLearning as part of its Distance Learning Plan for emergency days for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Distance Learning Plan is a district-wide plan to have students complete the school day from home, on an inclement weather day. This could eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year. The Barrington 220 administration has been working in collaboration with the Barrington Education Association (BEA) and Barrington School District Employee Organization (BSEO) on a Distance Learning Plan, which encompasses traditional lesson assignments at home that do not require an electronic device, as well as eLearning (lesson assignments at home that require an electronic device, such as an iPad). Barrington 220 is working with all school PTOs to develop a document for parents that would answer frequently asked questions about the Distance Learning Plan.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 will host a public hearing tonight on an electronic learning proposal for students on days school is closed due to extreme cold, major snowstorms or other emergencies.

District 220’s regular school board meeting with an open session will start at 7 PM at the administration center at 515 W. Main St. in Barrington. The e-learning public hearing is scheduled for the middle of the meeting at 8 PM.

E-learning allows students to use electronic devices to do their classroom work away from school. At District 220, e-learning would be part of an overall distance learning program that doesn’t require the use of a device for all assignments. The school board is to vote on the e-learning plan after the public hearing.

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As Barrington Community Unit School District 220 administrators get used to their roomier headquarters since moving there in May, district officials and the Board of Education could soon learn how much of the $2.6 million investment will be recouped.

Superintendent Brian Harris said the board decided two years ago that it made more economic sense to sell the then-existing 12,413 square foot building at 310 James Street in downtown Barrington and find a new facility.

Harris said the board then approved in late 2017 the purchase $1.1 million of a 20,237 square foot structure located directly across from Barrington High School, and closed on the transaction in February 2018. The district then spent more than a year on a $1.5 million renovation.

The school district is required by law to sell school real estate through a bidding process, and the board is expected to learn how much of its $2.6 million payout on the new digs will be recovered when bids are opened Oct. 29 at the district office. The minimum bid on the old building will start at $900,000.

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At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Board heard a presentation about a district-wide plan to have students complete the school day from home, on an inclement weather day, or during other emergencies. This could eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year.

The Barrington 220 administration has been working in collaboration with the Barrington Education Association (BEA) and Barrington School District Employee Organization (BSEO) on a Distance Learning Plan, which encompasses traditional lesson assignments at home that do not require an electronic device, as well as eLearning (lesson assignments at home that require an electronic device, such as an iPad).

The Board will hold a public hearing about the eLearning portion of the Distance Learning Plan, with consideration to approve it, at its next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The use of eLearning, specifically for inclement weather days, is anticipated to go before the Board for approval at its Oct. 15 regularly scheduled meeting.

Barrington 220 is working with all school PTOs to develop a document for parents that would answer frequently asked questions about the Distance Learning Plan.

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