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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.”

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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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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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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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Enrollment Down

At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the Board heard an update on student enrollment numbers in Barrington 220. Thirty days into the 2021-22 school year, the district’s total enrollment was 8,165 students, which is a decrease from last school year.

This downward trend is happening across the country and the state of Illinois. The 30-day enrollment figures are a snapshot in time. Enrollment will fluctuate during the school year as it has in the past and the district will continue to monitor it accordingly. You can view the entire enrollment presentation beginning 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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ed foundation

At the October 5th District 220 Board meeting, Board members heard an update from the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to encourage curiosity, inspire students’ passion for learning and career exploration, and provide enriching opportunities through private funding.

Since it was formed in 1999, the Foundation has granted more than $3.8 million to fund many projects across Barrington 220. Some of those projects include:

The Foundation’s latest major project is the Barrington Horticultural Sciences initiative, which will expand the horticultural sciences curriculum by providing funds to renovate the existing greenhouse at BHS and update existing equipment and supplies. Work will occur throughout the 21-22 school year. You can listen to the presentation beginning at 12:34 in the Board meeting video.

Click here to visit the Foundation’s website.

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220 Schemes

“At the October 5 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Robert Hunt, Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Craig Winkelman, Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Schools and Operations, shared a tentative timeline to embark on creating a new strategic plan for the district. The process most likely will begin in early 2022 and it will involve much community engagement, in order to shape the future of Barrington 220.

A strategic plan formalizes a school district’s mission, vision, values, goals, and objectives. Barrington 220’s most recent strategic plan “Vision 2020” was a 10 year plan created in 2009, which began as a vision of the year 2020, when the kindergartners of 2008 would enter their graduating year at Barrington High School.

Click here to view the full presentation, including the tentative timeline. You can also listen to the presentation in the Board meeting video beginning at 1:16:40.”

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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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300 Threats

Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 school board President David Scarpino is shown speaking in a screenshot of Tuesday’s board meeting. (Courtesy of Shaw Media)

Since the start of the school year, Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 Board members and employees have faced threats and insults from a small number of parents, board President David Scarpino said.

These “unacceptable” behaviors have included parents shouting profanities at staff and extending middle fingers to them “in plain view of students,” along with sending “disrespectful and threatening emails, voicemail messages and phone calls,” Scarpino said at this week’s board meeting.

To illustrate the seriousness of the issue, Scarpino read excerpts of messages sent to employees and board members aloud. Some complained about the district’s COVID-19 plan, masks and vaccines, and others threatened legal action against the district and teachers.

“I view you as scum,” one message said. “Scum that will soon be wiped from existing.”

“We are now at a crossroads. Are we going to have a major conflict on our hands? I have an entire army ready to bring the guillotine down,” one person wrote. “You’re about to receive a very eye-opening lesson.”

One message told the recipient that “a little accountability is exactly what you deserve, and I’m getting ready to serve it to you,” while another called someone a “corrupt little puppet.”

“I hope you’re sweating. I hope you’re losing sleep,” Scarpino read from one message. “And if not, you should be.”

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