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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America members and a former CNN correspondent called on Barrington Area Unit District 220 to oppose the idea of letting local school boards decide whether to permit armed teachers or other staff members.

District 220 board members Tuesday night set aside special public comment time on two security-related resolutions that’ll be up for discussion and a vote by the Illinois Association of School Boards during its annual convention Nov. 23 in Chicago.

School boards from across the state belong to the association. District 220 and other boards will decide in advance how the convention delegates should vote on the resolutions.

Under the controversial resolution from Mercer County School District 404 in downstate Aledo, the association would encourage state legislation allowing individual school boards to decide whether to permit armed staff members in their districts.

Read more here.

Editorial note: We tuned in to the 220 meeting via YouTube video streaming last night. As you will notice in the lower left hand corner of the graphic above, once again, we were the only ones who were viewing it.

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In April of this year, the Village of Barrington released the results of a 16-item survey sent to 4,505 Barrington households. They received 1,111 responses (a 25% return rate), and we just got around to reviewing the information residents shared with the Village.

Of all the items Barrington included in their survey, one stood out in our eyes immediately as something our residents might find interesting. In question 12, respondents were asked to, “Select your top three (3) sources of information about Village news and activities,” as seen below:

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Even with the option of selecting three (3) out of 12 options, the two choices were dead last were:

  • Village Board/Commission Meetings – 2.3%
  • Channel 4 – 3.3%

“Channel 4” in Barrington is a dedicated Comcast channel for all Village meetings. It essentially serves as a “Live Stream” service that two candidates were pitching heavily in the most recent Trustee elections.

Not only were “live streaming” of meetings of little interest to survey respondents, data kept on Village meetings dating back years demonstrate that people seldom looked at recordings of meetings after they’d occurred (the records can be viewed here).

On the bright side, we found little surprise that respondents preferred printed newsletters, emails and newspapers as their primary sources of information.

Further, last week the Barrington 220 Board of Education held two widely publicized meetings that were Live Streamed. Out of a potential audience in the tens of thousands in District 220, only one person tuned in to these streamed events outside of The Observer, and we suspect even that one participant may have been a 220 intern assigned to monitor the quality of the broadcast.

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Based on the Village of Barrington and District 220 facts, no one in their right mind would continue to suggest that our Village invest in “Live Streaming” meetings with any expectation of return on investment.   But then again, what sane people suggesting this and other oddities have multiple Facebook pages (anonymous and named), multiple aliases they blog under and at times, post fictitious dialogs under their pseudonym’s hoping to inspire some form of coalition that never materializes.

Many readers may be surprised this goes on. Sadly, it does, especially every two years during election seasons.   

The full 2019 Barrington survey results can be viewed and downloaded 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 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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