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Crews wrapped up their work earlier than advertised today, but they seem to have left themselves enough traffic barriers for single lane closures.  Nonetheless, the “Barrington Bypass” is once again open.

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Hart Road in Barrington will be closed to through traffic beginning at 8 PM this evening through late Sunday, March 29.

The closure is necessary for AT&T to relocate fiber cables in preparation for the reconstruction and widening at the intersection of Hart Road and Route 14. The Lake County Division of Transportation worked with AT&T to ensure this closure occurred during spring break at Barrington High School.

A detour will take drivers from Route 14 to Route 59 to Lake-Cook Road. Local traffic will have access to area homes, Barrington High School and local businesses.

The closure is in preparation for construction later this year that will enhance safety and intersection operations at the railroad crossing on Hart Road at Route 14. Additional turn lanes will improve traffic flow, while a sidewalk, multiuse path and traffic and railroad signal enhancements will allow pedestrians and non-motorized traffic to safely cross Route 14 and the tracks.

For further information, click here.

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From District 220

“Based on the rapidly evolving situation of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, Barrington 220 is closing all school buildings to students the week of March 16. In addition, all activities and events at the buildings are canceled through spring break.

However, students will be “in school” virtually and we will implement our Distance Learning Plan (click here to see FAQs) on Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19. This means students will be learning from home next week and these days will not have to be made up at the end of the school year. As you are aware, Friday, March 20 was a previously scheduled day off for students.

Spring Break will run as scheduled March 20-March 29. As a precautionary measure, next week Barrington 220 will request in a separate communication that families and staff voluntarily complete an online form, if you have plans for international travel over spring break, or during the month of April. Students and staff will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they leave an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

We will make sure students bring home all their devices, chargers and any materials they would need to complete assignments TODAY. All K-12 students, including kindergarten students, will use their devices for Distance Learning next week. In the event a student forgets learning materials/devices at school, please contact the school next week.

As required by Board Policy 4:180 Pandemic Preparedness, Barrington 220 has created this Pandemic Preparedness Plan. This document is subject to change, as the situation develops. In addition, I encourage you to visit our Coronavirus web page for the latest information: www.barrington220.org/coronavirus

Thank you in advance for your support as we implement what is best for our students and staff during this unprecedented time. We understand this may cause challenges for some families, however we believe this is in the best interest for our school community at this time. We will consult with our local health officials over spring break to evaluate when it is safe for our students and staff to return to our facilities. If necessary, Barrington 220 is prepared to continue the Distance Learning Plan after spring break. We will continue sending out regular updates as needed.”

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The Illinois State Board of Education upheld Barrington School District 220’s May 2018 decision to fire a math teacher after pornographic images were A Barrington High School teacher is now officially — and finally — fired from the district after he had been let go two years ago but unsuccessfully appealed to the state board of education to get his job back.

A Barrington High School teacher is now officially — and finally — fired from the district after he had been let go two years ago but unsuccessfully appealed to the state board of education to get his job back.

The Barrington School District 220 Board of Education voted at a recent meeting to terminate former math teacher Matthew Mizanin. He was found to have pornographic photos on his school district laptop while he was under investigation for “grossly unprofessional” classroom conduct, according to official state documents.

The official termination comes nearly two years after the SD220 board initially fired Mizanin in May 2018, based on charges that he “engaged in grossly unprofessional behavior and exercised extremely poor judgment,” according to the documents.

Being a tenured teacher, Mizanin filed an appeal of his termination with the Illinois State Board of Education.

Read the full story here.

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A Barrington High School student addresses the 220 Board of Education February 18, 2020

The Barrington District 220 Board of Education met earlier this week, and as is the custom, the board opened their meeting to public comment. They received only one, but it was a good one:

Well, hi, my name is (student), and I am a junior at Barrington High School, and why I’m up here right now is because I’m aware that the staff members with Barrington two two-twenty are not drug tested and there has been a lot of rumors going around about teachers that have been doing illegal drugs, not like marijuana, like cocaine and meth and stuff like that.

I mean, I been hearing it going around, and there’s been a lot of rumors and most districts drug test their staff members, and I think that’s very important because these/they’re the ones supervising the children, especially in the elementary school. That’s all I have to say.”

Dr. Brian Harris, Superintendent of District 220, was asked if he had any comment before moving on. After rather long (and perhaps uncomfortable) pause, Harris stated:

Um…, Quickly…, you know there is no statutory retirement, um requirements of drug test staff, uh, except for buss drivers, AND we do drug tests on certain employees in the district that do drive our district vehicles. So, um, and it’s random, and it’s administered, so just so you’re aware.”

To view recording of the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting, click here.

We don’t know if District 220 is prohibited from conducting drug testing due to the current teacher’s union contract(s). We don’t know if such testing is cost prohibitive (though it’s unlikely).

Whatever the reason, it’s inexcusable. We believe anyone employed by District 220 be subject to some form of drug testing, and the sooner this occurs, the better for all concerned.

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District 220 seems to be pulling out all the stops in advance of the March 17 referendum, but it’s doubtful taxpayers will receive an accounting of the total money spent in the process.

The Barrington High School commons area was crowded Thursday morning as students lined up to join the electorate during the school’s first voter registration drive.

BHS social studies teacher Cary Waxler organized the daylong event. He said he’s helped students register on an individual basis for years but wanted to offer the big event to make it easier.

“Eighteen- to 29-year-olds are the lowest voting group by age bracket,” he said. “We wanted to do something to remedy that.”

Illinois law allows any voter who will be 18 by the time of the General Election to also vote in the primary, even if the voter is only 17 at the time of the primary. Because of this, Cary said the school has about 900 students who are eligible to vote in 2020, and the goal for the event was to get at least half of them registered throughout the day.

Read more here.

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Barrington High School class of 1969

It was a sweet BHS Homecoming 2019!

Holiday greetings from the Barrington High School Alumni Association! We had a busy fall as alumni converged on the Village of Barrington for the 2019 Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The theme was “Candyland Homecoming: It’s Going to be Sweet!” 

The class of 1969 (pictured above), which celebrated its 50th reunion, led the annual homecoming parade down Main Street. Class of 1970, you’re up next!

The BHSAA also sponsored the annual BHSAA Alumni and Friends Tailgate Party in the Chessie’s parking lot. The turn-out was terrific! Alumni enjoyed good food, drinks and live music. 

The traditional Sunday brunch at Chessie’s was a fitting end to the weekend, which always begins with the Annual Quarterback Club Pancake Breakfast in the BHS Cafeteria.

Read the full Barrington High School Alumni Association December 2019 updates here.

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