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Huntley School District 158 is expecting to flip the switch on a series of solar panels estimated to save the district $4.2 million in energy costs over the next 20 years by the end of March.

Last year, the district partnered with ForeFront Power, which agreed to design, permit, finance, install and maintain the solar energy project across all three of the district’s campuses. The renewable energy company had estimated that the installation of solar panels would offset 12.3 million pounds of carbon emissions in the first year.

Read more from the Northwest Herald here.

Editorial note: We applaud District 158’s forward thinking initiative and hope Barrington District 220 taxpayers take note before approving the March 17 referendum.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 wants voters to authorize borrowing $147 million. Voters last April rejected a request to borrow $185 million for facility upgrades.

District 220 is seeking authority to issue $147 million in school building bonds for a variety of projects to include paying for basic improvements at all schools in areas such as safety and security, plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Voters last April rejected a request to borrow $185 million for facility upgrades.

Due to existing debt the district expects to pay off in 2021, approval of the ballot measure would have the owner of a $500,000 home still see a net decrease of about $75 a year. Without the referendum, the same homeowner would see a reduction of $468.

Read about other Cook County ballot questions making news here.  Lake County initiatives are also covered by the Daily Herald here

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The Barrington 220 school board has scheduled five community “information” meetings and three open houses in coming weeks to inform the community about the school district referendum question on the March 17 primary election ballot. 

The district is seeking voter approval to borrow $147 million for improvements at all schools in areas such as safety and security, plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Proposed work also includes construction of a physical education and wellness center at Barrington High School, additional classrooms at the district’s two middle schools, and new classroom space at all elementary buildings for science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes, as well as students with special needs.

The community information meetings are scheduled for:

Open houses are set for:

We will be publishing copies of their draft presentations when they become available once the paid consultants (seeDistrict 220 hires former state lawmaker’s firm to help with referendum”) finish honing their spin. 

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Buckle up buckaroos, the March 17 220 referendum marketing blitz is about to start.

A guarantee of a safer future for residents, both a failed and a renewed quest for a referendum to upgrade the area’s schools and new faces in local government were among the top 2019 news events for the Barrington area.

School referendum fails, District 220 to try again

After voters rejected a $185 million referendum by Barrington School District 220 in the April 2 election, the Board of Education formally decided to put a scaled back $147 million question on the March 17, 2020 primary ballot.

After the April vote, board members started a four-month discussion evaluating what needs were most important for the district’s elementary and middle schools as well as Barrington High School. They also looked at the best ways to communicate their message.

Board members said a break-even referendum, rather than one which raised taxes, might be more palpable for voters. The $145 million proposal will actually result in district property owners paying less taxes than they are now. Superintendant Brian Harris said the owner of a $500,000 home will pay approximately $76 less for the district’s portion of the tax bill than their current amount.

Read more from the Barrington Courier-Review here.

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A month ago, the District 220 Board of Education somewhat ceremoniously announced, “…the demolition of the property located at 36 E. Dundee Road, which sits directly adjacent to BMS-Prairie and the Early Learning Center,” (See,220 Board of Education wins ‘Brilliance in Timing’ award”).

Originally slated for completion, “no later than December 20th,” work began today, December 26th, on the demotion project (as seen above).

We’ll likely never know why the Board wisely decided to postpone work on the project until students, parents and teachers were away from the two campuses for Winter Break. We’ll likely not know why the schedule change was not politicized either (though we have an idea).

What we do know is we’re pleased the 220 Board (or staff) exercised a modicum of common sense by causing the least disruption of classroom time possible by delaying the work until today.

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Last evening, the 220 Board of Education held a public hearing for the tentative 2019 tax levy, which determines how much taxpayer money the district will receive in 2019. 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for more than 80% of the district’s annual operating revenues.

The district expects to receive a 2.34% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 4.4% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue for 2019 is $126,156,200.

The Board is anticipated to approve the tax levy at its next meeting on December. 17th.

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We were only one of two (2) individuals or groups tuning in to the YouTube live stream of the 220 Board of Education meeting last night (see lower left corner viewer count).

Last night during their November 19th meeting, the 220 Board heard a presentation about the tentative 2019 tax levy, which determines how much taxpayer money the district will receive in 2019. Barrington 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for more than 80% of the district’s annual operating revenues.

The district expects to receive a 2.34% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 4.4% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue for 2019 is $126,156,200.

The next step in the tax levy approval process is a public hearing set for the December 3rd Board meeting. The Board is anticipated to approve the tax levy on December 17th.

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