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After low turnout in April’s election that saw voters reject a $185 million bond issue for Barrington Area Unit District 220, officials are encouraging parents, students and others to register to vote ahead of March’s primary election featuring a scaled down ballot measure.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 officials are encouraging parents, students and others to register to vote as part of an effort connected to next year’s $147 million referendum to fund building projects.

“I’m not sure how many people we actually will get,” District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris said, “but it’s at least worth the opportunity to engage people in their constitutional right.”

Harris said the district’s goal is to have employees qualified to perform voter registration at all 12 schools and the administration center on Main Street in Barrington, with the hope of boosting turnout within District 220’s boundaries in March. That idea was endorsed by school board President Penny Kazmier at a recent meeting.

It’s a nice kind of community service, I think,” Kazmier said.

Read more from today’s Daily Herald here.

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Members of Barrington Area Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America wore their red shirts at a recent Barrington Area Unit District 220 meeting asking that elected officials reject a resolution that supports arming teachers or other school employees on campus.

Groups including the League of Women Voters and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America are urging suburban school leaders to oppose a proposal before the Illinois Association of School Boards that would support legislation allowing districts to arm teachers and staff members.

The measure is expected to be up for a discussion and vote when the association holds its annual convention next month in Chicago. Under the resolution, the association would encourage state legislation allowing individual school boards to decide whether to permit armed staff members in their districts.

Similar opposition is surfacing to a proposal that the school board association lobby lawmakers to create and fund a statewide school safety grant program that would help districts hire school resource officers or other armed security.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

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At their meeting last night, the Board of Education approved a Distance Learning Plan for Barrington 220, which would allow students to complete the school day from home on an inclement weather day.

This could eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year. The Barrington 220 administration worked in collaboration with the Barrington Education Association (BEA) and Barrington School District Employee Organization (BSEO) on the Distance Learning Plan, which encompasses traditional lesson assignments at home that do not require an electronic device, as well as eLearning (lesson assignments at home that require an electronic device, such as an iPad).

Please note, there may be circumstances when Barrington 220 does not implement the Distance Learning Plan during inclement weather and instead decides to make up the day at the end of the school year. To learn more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions document.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 will receive help from a former state lawmaker’s consulting firm in an effort to spread the word about a referendum next year seeking voter approval to borrow $147 million for building projects.

“We’re a school district,” Superintendent Brian Harris said. “We focus on teaching and learning, right, and not necessarily on how do to community informational campaigns on major projects.”

Libertyville-based EO Sullivan Consulting will assist District 220 under a monthly billing arrangement for a price not to exceed a total of $35,000, Harris said Wednesday. Operated by former state Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr., who left the legislature in 2017, the firm’s duties will include assisting in the creation of factual referendum messages and running community engagement sessions after Jan. 1.

Although state law prohibits school districts and other governments from using public money on promoting a “yes” vote for a referendum, spending on factual information is permitted.

Read more here.

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“Journeys in Journalism: Past, Present and Future” will be the featured 2019 Alumni Legends program that’ll kick off Barrington High School’s homecoming weekend.

Set for 7 PM tonight, at the high school’s auditorium, Barrington High alum Chris Erskine, currently a columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times, will moderate the panel discussion. Barrington High alumni who work in journalism will be on the panel, including WGN-Channel 9 sportscaster Lauren Magiera, ESPN/ABC Sports coordinating production editor Andy Armas, Chicago-based Fox News correspondent Michael Tobin and Scott Stahmer, a senior production editor at The Villages Daily Sun, which community in Florida.

On Saturday, the following events are scheduled:

  • 7 AM:  The annual “Andy Anderson Pancake Breakfast” in the BHS Cafeteria until noon. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
  • 10:15 AM: The BHS Homecoming Parade leaves from the METRA station and marches to BHS. Alumni floats line up behind the high school student floats, with the exception of the 50th Reunion float, which will help lead the parade. Call BHS at 847-381-1400 to register your class float. The theme this year is “Candyland Homecoming—It’s Going to Be Sweet!
    *In honor of the 50th anniversary Lines Elementary alumni will be walking in the homecoming parade. Meet at the Metra train commuter parking lot at 10 AM
  • 11 AM: The BHS School Tour. Meet inside the main entrance to the school and receive a free alumni t-shirt!
  • 11 AM-1 PM: Come check out the new District Administrative Center, located at 515 West Main Street, right across from Barrington High School. The Open House will begin following the Homecoming Parade.
  • 11 AM-4 PM: The All Alumni Tailgate Party in the Chessie’s parking lot at 200 Applebee Street. There will be good food, drink and entertainment.
  • 1 PM: The Broncos take on Conant High School at Barrington Community Stadium.

On Sunday, all Barrington High alums are invited to attend the annual BHSAA brunch at Chessie’s Restaurant. Reservations begin at 10 AM. Contact Chessie’s at 847.382.5020 for reservations.

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Following a public hearing at its Oct. 1 meeting, the Board approved an eLearning verification form. This is required in order to utilize eLearning as part of the district’s Distance Learning Plan. At its next meeting on Oct. 15, the Board will consider approving a resolution to utilize eLearning as part of its Distance Learning Plan for emergency days for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Distance Learning Plan is a district-wide plan to have students complete the school day from home, on an inclement weather day. This could eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year. The Barrington 220 administration has been working in collaboration with the Barrington Education Association (BEA) and Barrington School District Employee Organization (BSEO) on a Distance Learning Plan, which encompasses traditional lesson assignments at home that do not require an electronic device, as well as eLearning (lesson assignments at home that require an electronic device, such as an iPad). Barrington 220 is working with all school PTOs to develop a document for parents that would answer frequently asked questions about the Distance Learning Plan.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 will host a public hearing tonight on an electronic learning proposal for students on days school is closed due to extreme cold, major snowstorms or other emergencies.

District 220’s regular school board meeting with an open session will start at 7 PM at the administration center at 515 W. Main St. in Barrington. The e-learning public hearing is scheduled for the middle of the meeting at 8 PM.

E-learning allows students to use electronic devices to do their classroom work away from school. At District 220, e-learning would be part of an overall distance learning program that doesn’t require the use of a device for all assignments. The school board is to vote on the e-learning plan after the public hearing.

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