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The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. The only action item on their agenda is, “Consideration to Approve Student Fees.”

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live streamed on the district YouTube channel.

Related:220 Parents call BS!What 220 voters need to know,” “What 220 voters need to know continued, including our recommendations

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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. Tonight is a meeting of the Committee of the Whole.

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. The Board will discuss and perhaps approve the, “Second Reading of Board Policy,” including:

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live streamed on the district YouTube channel.

Related:Two candidates in District 220 face ballot challenges

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2022

Following are the eleven (11) most viewed posts published in The Barrington Hills Observer in 2022:

  1. Controversial ‘Gender Queer’ will remain on the shelf at Barrington High, school board decides
  2. Woman bit her daughter’s finger off during altercation in Barrington Hills, prosecutors say
  3. Our predominantly pusillanimous Village Board (Part 1)
  4. Learn from your (big) mistake, Laura, Bryan, Dave and Tom
  5. Special Village Board meeting this afternoon
  6. Resident tells 220 Board of Education what they needed to hear (but did they listen?)
  7. Barrington Hills man severely injured in crash
  8. Some observations on tonight’s Appropriations public hearing
  9. Our predominantly pusillanimous Village Board (Part 4)
  10. District 220 goes too far (again)
  11. Petition started to “Filter Adult Obscene/Porn Content & SB818 Opt Out,” in D220 Schools

For those wondering why eleven and not an even number, we simply couldn’t end the year without reminding readers where we’ve been in 2022 by omitting #11.

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220 Admin

The Barrington School District 220 board was poised to vote at its Dec. 20 meeting on a 6.6% increase in the tax levy for 2022 to support operating revenues and construction overruns.

SD220 spokeswoman Samantha Scheinman said the district expects to receive a 5.6% tax levy increase over the current year but is requesting a 6.6% increase, in the event new construction costs are larger than expected.

Based upon projections, the total expected tax revenue to be approved this calendar year but collected in 2023, excluding bond and interest, will be $140 million, according to board information.

SD220 spans four counties and collects property taxes from each: Cook, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties. The property taxes account for an estimated 81% of the district’s operating revenues.

Scheinman said the board will not issue the debt service extension base this year due to high inflation impacting taxpayers, which is expected to save local taxpayers approximately $2.4 million, collectively, she said.

At the Dec. 6 school board meeting, the board approved the purchase of property at 1525 S. Grove Ave. to accommodate growing enrollment in the Barrington Transition Program. The program works with students on life skills after high school graduation.

“As we looked at enrollment and needs, we see a significant increase in enrollment over the next four years with those students, and they’re already at maximum capacity of space,” Superintendent Robert Hunt said during the meeting. “The unit next to them opened up. Dr. Bein secured a good price for that so we can move forward with the expansion of that program due to enrollment. It has a lot of room for us to prepare for enrollment.”

Currently, the Barrington Transition Program serves 16 students in a space with a five-year lease that started in May 2019. The current space, also at 1525 S. Grove Ave., is 1,658 square feet. According to data provided by Scheinman, enrollment is expected to increase to 20 students during the 2023-2024 school year and up to 26 students for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Read more here.

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GQ

Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center, poses with books that have been the subject of complaints from parents in recent weeks on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

Maia Kobabe grew up in an idyll. Cow fields threaded by a dirt road. No TV. Almost no internet. Nights fell over hills, stars shone bright, and Kobabe read fantasy novels, imagining other universes while searching for an identity, a glint of self to carry into the world.

“I lived in a shire,” said Kobabe, whose father and mother carved beads, weaved and sewed in a rustic community not far from this Northern California town. “I wish every kid had so much space to wander in. I wish every kid could walk out their door in any direction and be perfectly safe to catch snakes and frogs and pick berries.”

The pull of tides and the sway of nature were easier to decipher than the riddle within. Born with female anatomy, Kobabe didn’t feel like a girl, which became apparent in third grade when wading shirtless in a river during a class trip drew a reproval from the teacher. But boy wasn’t right, either. Kobabe was between two places and didn’t know where to stand. Was there anybody else in the world who felt like this? It was a mystery.

Kobabe’s insightful and moving coming of age discovery of identifying as nonbinary (using the pronouns e, em and eir) is told in the 2019 graphic memoir “Gender Queer.” Two years after its publication, the narrative, notable for its startling honesty and explicit drawings, became the most banned book in America, a target of school boards, conservative candidates, preachers and parental groups who condemned it as pornography aimed at impressionable children. Supported by librarians and vilified by Moms for Liberty, Kobabe was tugged from the writing life into the nation’s cultural wars.

Read more here.

Related: “Controversial ‘Gender Queer’ will remain on the shelf at Barrington High, school board decides

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220 Potential

“At the December 20 Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a contract with DLA Architects to create the architectural design work for a potential new fine arts center at Barrington High School.

DLA provided a presentation to the Board at the Dec. 6 meeting about the process to create the design work, which was an identified project within the $147 million dollar referendum that Barrington 220 area voters approved in March 2020. Although the cost to build a new fine arts center was not included in the referendum, creating the design work will provide the Board of Education and community with the necessary information to determine appropriate next steps.

During the second half of the school year, the district is planning to work with DLA to gather data about the existing space and engage stakeholders in order to create conceptual designs and a shared vision for a fine arts center that will meet the needs of the school and community. The assessment and architectural design concepts are anticipated to be completed in June 2023. At this time, the Board of Education will make decisions on next steps in terms of funding and timeline.”

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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. Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Consideration to Approve Property Tax Levy
  • Consideration to Approve DLA Contract
  • Consideration to Approve Lease for BHS Lab
  • Consideration to Approve Summer Capital Roof Bid Award
  • Consideration to Approve Summer Capital Paving Rejuvenator Bid Award
  • Consideration to Approve Summer Capital Paving Projects Bid Award
  • Consideration to Approve Kindergarten Enrichment Fee, and
  • Consideration to Approve Summer School Fees

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live streamed on the district YouTube channel.

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The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Consideration to Approve North Barrington and Barbara Rose Elementary School Construction Bid
  • Consideration to Approve Early Learning Center and A.C. Lines Elementary School Construction Bid
  • Consideration to Approve Project Work Order #9 to the Pepper Construction Company Master Agreement for North Barrington and Barbara Rose Additions & Renovation in the amount of $9,701,596
  • Consideration to Approve Barrington Middle School SRO (School Resource Officer) Agreement
  • Consideration to Determine Estimated 2022 Levy, and
  • Consideration to Approve 2022 Illinois Association of School Board (IASB) Resolutions

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live streamed on the district YouTube channel.

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iasb

The 220 Board is seeking public feedback regarding the Illinois Association of School Board’s (IASB) 2022 resolution proposals. Every November school boards from across the state send a delegate to the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) conference in Chicago.

At this conference, the delegates vote on proposed resolutions IASB will pursue in the upcoming legislative sessions. This year’s conference will take place Nov. 17-20.

The Board is holding a public hearing at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 1, where community members can share their thoughts on the resolutions up for approval. Click here to view the 2022 resolutions.

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