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“This afternoon the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year.

This 60-page document has been much anticipated and will go a long way toward answering critical questions all of us share about what the 2020-21 school year will look like in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also re-engaging students in the learning process.

Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions, as this document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we kindly ask for your patience as Barrington 220 reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into Barrington 220’s preliminary Roadmap to Reopening, which is based on the five-phase Restore Illinois plan.

As you may know, last month Barrington 220 formed a committee which has already been discussing options. The committee consists of district administrators, teachers and support staff. In addition, administrators will be meeting with parents in the next couple of weeks to gain their feedback. Those conversations, along with the ISBE guidance, will help Barrington 220 put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students and staff while maintaining a dynamic learning environment.

Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year. We plan to communicate Barrington 220’s comprehensive Roadmap to Reopening next month.”

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 will seek voter approval next month to borrow $147 million for building projects, including safety and security upgrades at all its schools.

Regardless of the outcome of the March 17 referendum vote, district residents will see a reduction in their property tax bills. How much depends on voters.

Former school board President Brian Battle said the decision to pare the proposed borrowing by $38 million shows officials listened to voters.

Battle, now part of a residents’ group called Yes for Barrington 220’s Future, said the timing is right to support the request. That’s in part because of historically low interest rates.

However, some like Barrington resident Willard “Bill” Bishop are questioning the district’s request, saying that after extensive study, he’s concluded too little annual spending on building maintenance has led to the $147 million proposal.

Over the years, Bishop contends, the school board elected to “fully support spending on personnel in each year’s budget” while not devoting enough to facility maintenance.

Read more here.

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The race for Barrington Community School District 220 Board of Education includes five contenders running for three available seats in the April 2 election, in addition to the referendum on the ballot that asks voters about a multi-million spending plan.

Angela Wilcox, who has been a board member since 2015, is the lone incumbent.

Board President Brian Battle decided not to run again, ending a stint on the board that began in 2003. He’s stepping down, he said, because he has met many of the goals that he set for himself throughout his tenure.

“We established solid financial footing for School District 220 and, when I got to the district, it was annually on the financial watch list of the Illinois State Board of Education,” Battle said in December when he announced he would not seek re-election

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220 LogoThe Barrington District 220 Board of Education will be meeting this evening at 7:00 PM at Barrington High School.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Those wishing to watch the meeting via video streaming can do so by clicking here.

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The Barrington District 220 Board of Education will be meeting December 6th at 7:00 PM at Barrington High School.  Action items on their agenda include:

  • Consideration to approve 2016 Certificate of Levy (3.65% increase)
  • Consideration to approve resolution declaring the intention to issue $4,300,00 Working Cash Fund Bonds to increase the District’s working cash fund

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.  Those wishing to watch the meeting via video streaming can do so by clicking here.

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Property TaxesThe Barrington District 220 Board of Education will be meeting this evening at 7:00 PM at Barrington High School.  Tonight’s meeting will include a public hearing beginning at approximately 8:00 PM to hear testimony regarding the district’s proposed 3.65% property tax levy increase for 2016.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.  A copy of the legal notice of the proposed property tax increases can be viewed here.

Those wishing to watch the meeting via video streaming can do so by clicking here.

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220 LogoThe Barrington District 220 Board of Education will be meeting this evening at 7:00 PM at Barrington High School.  The board is scheduled to vote on earlier start times for District 220 schools at this meeting.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.  Those wishing to watch the meeting via video streaming can do so by clicking here.

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220 LogoThe Barrington District 220 Board of Education will be meeting this evening at 7:00 PM at Barrington High School.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Those wishing to watch the meeting via video streaming can do so by clicking here.

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The Barrington District 220 Board of Education will be meeting this evening at 7:00 PM at Barrington High School.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Those wishing to watch the meeting via video streaming can do so by clicking here.

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The Barrington District 220 Board of Education will be meeting this evening at 7:00 PM at Barrington High School.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Those wishing to watch the meeting via video streaming can do so by clicking here.

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