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Free K

“At the Oct. 17 Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting, the Board supported the district’s recommendation to implement free full-day kindergarten at all Barrington 220 elementary schools, beginning at the start of the 2024-25 school year. Full-day kindergarten will extend core instruction (math, science, literacy, etc.) throughout the school day. It will eliminate the district’s fee-based Kindergarten Enrichment Program.

In addition to implementing full-day kindergarten at all elementary schools, the Board supported the district’s recommendation to create a free full-day kindergarten lab program at Barrington High School. This opt-in program will also begin at the start of the 2024-25 school year. The ‘K-Lab’ will include two kindergarten classes (46 students total), and it will provide unique learning opportunities to students, thanks to its location at BHS. Students will be enrolled in the program utilizing a lottery system similar to the district’s Spanish Dual Language and Chinese Immersion programs. More details about the K-Lab will be provided in the coming months”.

Click here to listen to the Board meeting presentation.

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“At the Sept. 19 Board meeting, the Board heard a presentation about implementing full-day kindergarten in Barrington 220. Full-day kindergarten would extend core instruction (math, science, literacy, etc.) throughout the school day, and allow teachers time to encompass the whole child in exploration and personalized learning, as well as social-emotional development.

Currently, Barrington 220 offers a half-day option, however, the majority of students are enrolled in a fee-based Kindergarten Enrichment Program that runs a full day. One might assume that since the district currently accommodates the full-day Kindergarten Enrichment Program, it could easily accommodate full-day kindergarten. However, there are many factors to consider prior to implementing full-day kindergarten. For instance, over the past decade, there has been an enrollment increase each year of 40 to 60 students between kindergarten and first grade. Anecdotal evidence is that many of these students are attending private full-day programs, which leads to the assumption that a full-day program in the district will result in an increase in kindergarten enrollment. This would require an increase in staffing, as well as classroom space.

The district is currently reviewing options to renovate two or three classrooms at BHS to house a kindergarten lab program, or build classroom additions at elementary schools.

A final recommendation will be presented to the Board in October. Click here to listen to the Board presentation.”

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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. Topics on their agenda include:

  • Second Reading of Board Policy
  • Consideration to Approve 2023-24 Budget
  • Consideration to approve settlement in pending litigation filed against the District and various District employees in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois relating to a 2017 incident.
  • Safety and Security Update
  • Full-Day Kindergarten Update

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

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Interview

A report issued by the National Opportunity Project (NOP) has revealed that public school districts across America have been creating ideological qualification standards to hire teachers, as well as diversity quotas in order to ensure the perfect identitarian and ideological makeup in their classrooms.

Last month, NOP released a report which detailed a survey of 69 different school districts in which NOP requested documents related to job postings, qualifications, hiring documents, screening tools, and interview questions.

NOP learned from the documents they received that school districts were conducting ideological and identity screening of teacher applicants.

These screenings include loaded application questions, such as one from Edina Public Schools in Minnesota asking “describe a time when you experienced or witnessed an inequity. What steps did you take in response to the situation?” Another question from Denver Public Schools asked “do you think the classroom is an appropriate place to discuss race? Culture? If so, what do those discussions look like?”

Other methods of screening included parameters like those from Chicago’s Oak Park 97 district, which recommends considering “whether a candidate demonstrates interests and skills that reflect the district’s equity policy” and from Spokane Public Schools in Washington, which considers “cultural competency” of candidates as part of their hiring process. Written response prompts have also been used, such as one which requested the candidate to draft a response to a parent upset over a Critical Race Theory-influenced curriculum, while the response rubric dictated “‘assure there is at least one person of color and one woman or gender-fluid person’ involved in scoring the response.’”

Along with ideological screening, school districts were found to have implemented diversity objectives as part of the hiring process. Oak Park-River Forest High School in Illinois declared “we seek faculty and staff who reflect the demographic of our student population,” while the School District of Clayton in Missouri stated that they “use a racial equity framework to design and implement processes for recruiting, hiring and retaining a diverse workforce.”

Read more here.

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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. Topics on their agenda include:

  • Consideration to Approve a Resolution Authorizing a Notice to Remedy for a Tenured Teacher
  • Consideration to Approve Board Norms and Communication Expectations
  • Consideration to Reaffirm Barrington 220 Equity Statement
  • 2023-24 Tentative Budget
  • Board Priorities
  • Community Board Meetings

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

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Solar

“At the July 11 Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting, the Board heard an update on the district’s continued efforts in energy sustainability. For the past several months the district has been exploring options to install solar panels on the roofs of school buildings. Initially, this would require a significant financial investment from the district’s capital projects fund, however, it would help in greatly reducing energy costs long term.

At the meeting, the Board supported the district’s recommendation to purchase and install solar panels at Barrington High School, Prairie Campus, and Station Campus, which would cost an estimated $7.7 million. This fall the district will work on design options, which will be brought forth for Board approval in the winter. This effort in energy sustainability aligns with the district’s commitment to Stewardship, which is one of six strategic priorities identified in Barrington 220’s strategic plan, Framework 220.

Click here to listen to the entire presentation. “

Related:Huntley School District 158 anticipates flipping switches on solar projects in March (2020)”

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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. Topics on their agenda include:

  • Second Reading of Board Policy
  • Consideration to Approve Intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Barrington for Fuel Purchases, and
  • Consideration to Approve Project Change Order for Doors at Station

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

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220 White Hats

Katey Baldassano, Leonard Munson and Matt Sheriff

Three candidates running for District 220 Board of Education seats were interviewed on AM 560 radio earlier today.

Katey Baldassono, Leonard Munson and Matt Sheriff can be heard sharing their thoughts on the issues in an very informative twenty-minute interview here.

Related: “Parents at top-rated school expose pornographic books in IL school library (DISCRETION ADVISED),” “The District 220 Policy Committee has a lot on their plate tomorrow,” “Who’s minding Leah and Barry’s campaign finances,” “What 220 voters need to know continued, including our recommendations,” “What 220 voters need to know,” “220 Parents call BS!

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Proft

Chicago Morning Answer’s Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson weighed in on some of the issues voters are considering before voting in the April 4 District 220 Board of Education elections.

Their podcast, recorded yesterday, can be heard here.

Related: “Parents at top-rated school expose pornographic books in IL school library (DISCRETION ADVISED),” “The District 220 Policy Committee has a lot on their plate tomorrow,” “Who’s minding Leah and Barry’s campaign finances,” “What 220 voters need to know continued, including our recommendations,” “What 220 voters need to know,” “220 Parents call BS!

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Barry

We’ve all heard about woke curriculum. However, the Barrington, IL District 220 is setting the woke bar to a new standard. Graphic sexually explicit content has been placed in the school libraries, and most of the school board is fully on board with it.”

Watch the enlightening and disturbing ten-minute video here.

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