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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. The only action item on their agenda is, “Consideration to Approve Student Fees.”

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

Related:220 Parents call BS!What 220 voters need to know,” “What 220 voters need to know continued, including our recommendations

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220 2023

Leonard Munson, Katey Baldassano and Matt Sheriff

Yesterday we reviewed some candidates running for seats on the District 220 Board of Education (BOE) April 4, 2023 elections. To summarize, we recommended residents not vote for Leah Collister-Lazzari and Barry Altshuler so far.

Five other candidates are asking voters to consider voting for them, and they are:

Leonard Munson: Munson is a United States Air Force veteran, and served as a Survival Resistance and Escape instructor for 20 years. He brought these experiences to the private sector running small businesses including training and operational support on the Global War on Terror. Munson has served on the LEADS board educating and mentoring a drug free District 220.

Munson was often found to  be the voice of reason during public comment at  BOE meetings, advocating for choice and parental rights when it came to masking the District 220 students. In addition, Munson recently gave public comment at a BOE meeting in favor of the District funding all day kindergarten, which Collister-Lazari would presumably not support given her interest in raising the cost to parents of kindergarten enrichment.

Katey Baldassano:  Baldassano has a master’s degree in educational leadership with a bachelors in early childhood education. She’s been a teacher in Carpentersville and has provided educational support in the home setting.

Baldassano has spoken at BOE meetings during public comment urging the Board to ensure that parents retain their right to determine what books their children had access to when deciding on keeping books, such as Gender Queer, the book endorsed by Altshuler, in the school libraries. She also addressed the Board during the remote learning and masking debate, discussing the potential long term effects of denying young children the education they need, the need for human connection and relationships, and that true equity is about children getting what they need so they can learn.

Matt Sheriff: Sheriff has served many executive and c-level roles professionally with diverse business experience leading companies and negotiating contracts. Given the District’s contract with the Barrington Education Association is currently being negotiated, Sheriff’s experience negotiating with fortune 100 companies will be a great asset in the union negotiations, particularly in light of Hunt’s departure.

Sheriff volunteers with the Lake County Sheriff’s auxiliary deputy unit, assisting Lake County’s local municipalities in times of emergencies and when additional manpower resources are required.

Diana Clopton: Clopton works in marketing for AbbVie Pharmaceuticals. Clopton did face a challenge to her candidacy for failure to properly file her statement of economic interest. She prevailed in that proceeding and her name will remain on the ballot. She piloted two children programs, Born Beautiful, a workshop for young women, and Gamechangers, which teaches kids about entrepreneurship.

We have not seen Clopton speak at any Board of Education meetings, but we know that self-proclaimed activist Jim McGrath, a serial speaker before the BOE, who advocates against the rights of parents to choose whether to vaccinate, mask, or determine appropriate reading material for their children has advocated on Clopton’s behalf on Twitter, referring to her as one of  “our candidates,” along with Altshuler and Collister-Lazarri, each of whom has taken similar positions as McGrath on taking away these parental rights.

Nelda Munoz: Munoz has been outspoken during Board meetings over masking and indoctrination of students over the availability of the book Gender Queer. She was also a plaintiff in one of the pandemic related lawsuits brought against D220. Her grit and determination in the effort to raise awareness of issues to the current BOE has been commendable.

While we appreciate the passion of Munoz, in the wake of Superintendent Hunt’s departure, we think it important that the upcoming board have well-reasoned and thoughtful members to not only search for the next superintendent, but to figure out how to retain him or her for more than 18 months, and to control the madness of the current BOE President Ficke-Bradford.

Having considered all 7 candidates and weighing the pros and cons of each, we’re endorsing Leonard Munson, Katey Baldassano and Matt Sheriff for seats on the District 220 Board of Education.

In an era where the voices of the community have fallen on deaf ears, we believe they will bring a willingness to listen to all voices, integrity, common sense, fiscal responsibility, negotiating skills, and much needed balance to the District 220 Board of Education.

Related:What 220 voters need to know

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220 Ticket

Tuesday evening, during the District 220 school board meeting, member Collister-Lazzari once again claimed that when she called in remotely to vote at the December 20th Board of Education meeting on the controversial $170M tax levy she was on a 3 week “work” trip in New Zealand!

Collister-Lazzari has filed a Statement of Candidacy and of Economic Interest wherein she identifies her ‘Job Title’ as ‘School Board Member’ and stated ‘Not Applicable’ in response to the question regarding the source of any income “in excess of $7500 required to be reported during the preceding calendar year.” Are we to believe, then, that her jaunt to New Zealand was on the taxpayer’s dime in pursuit of Board of Education business?

After searching for alternative potential employment, the only position she seems to hold is with SHP Holland, Inc., an apartment complex in Holland, MI. What business could someone with real estate holdings In Michigan be conducting in New Zealand?

Thanks to the Overseas Investment Amendment Act of 2018, you must be a resident of New Zealand to purchase property, so that’s ruled out. Instead of addressing the issue and explaining exactly what ‘business’ she was conducting during her extended sojourn in New Zealand that caused her to be away for two board meetings, but, coincidentally, only calling into the one with an important vote implicating your tax dollars, Collister-Lazzari deflected with a call for “trust” among board members.

Trust? A person who kept our kids out of school and behind masks?

The community deserves clarity around this issue. What type of ‘business’ trip turns into a three-week vacation, in a country that doesn’t allow foreigners to purchase property? This does not follow the policy laid out for remote participation in school board business. And Collister-Lazzari and Ficke-Bradford, who colluded in this farce, know it.

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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. Tonight is a meeting of the Committee of the Whole.

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

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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. The Board will discuss and perhaps approve the, “Second Reading of Board Policy,” including:

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

Related:Two candidates in District 220 face ballot challenges

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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. Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Consideration to Approve Property Tax Levy
  • Consideration to Approve DLA Contract
  • Consideration to Approve Lease for BHS Lab
  • Consideration to Approve Summer Capital Roof Bid Award
  • Consideration to Approve Summer Capital Paving Rejuvenator Bid Award
  • Consideration to Approve Summer Capital Paving Projects Bid Award
  • Consideration to Approve Kindergarten Enrichment Fee, and
  • Consideration to Approve Summer School Fees

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

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“At the December 6 Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting, the Board reviewed a presentation about the process to create the architectural design work for a potential new fine arts center at Barrington High School. The design work was an identified project within the $147 million dollar referendum that Barrington 220 area voters approved in March 2020.

During the second half of the school year, the district is planning to work with an architect firm to gather data about the existing space and engage stakeholders in order to create conceptual designs and a shared vision for a fine arts center that will meet the needs of the school and community.

The assessment and architectural design concepts are anticipated to be completed in June 2023. At this time, the Board of Education will make decisions on appropriate next steps in terms of funding and timeline. Click here to listen to the full presentation.”

Related:District 220 Board holds public hearing for estimated 2022 tax levy

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Editorial note: The following Holiday message was posted by District 220 yesterday:

“At the Dec. 6 Board meeting, the Board held a public hearing for the estimated 2022 tax levy, which is the second step in the process to establish a final levy of property taxes to support the district in 2023. Barrington 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for approximately 81% of the district’s annual operating revenues.

If approved, the district expects to receive a 5.6% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 6.6% increase in the event new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue to be collected in 2023 is $140,318,584. 

Final Board action on the tax levy is anticipated at the Dec. 20 Board meeting. Click here to learn more about why a property tax levy is important for school districts.”


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1525 S Grove

1525 South Grove Avenue

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:

  • Approval of purchase and sale agreement for real estate for purchase of 1525 S. Grove Avenue, Unit 104, Barrington, Illinois
  • Consideration to Approve Intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Barrington for Access of Digital Images from District Cameras, and
  • Consideration to Approve BHS Athletic Program Donation Agreement

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

Related:District 220 to lease office space for program helping high school grads with special needs

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VBH Water

Barrington Hills homeowners in Cook County saw the highest median property tax increases in 2022 thanks to (wait for it)…

About a quarter of homeowners in North and Northwest suburban Cook County saw their property taxes decrease in 2022, while only 7.8% of commercial properties experienced declines.

An analysis by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office shows commercial properties bore the heavier burden of the nearly $94 million increase in property taxes in the North and Northwest suburbs this year.

Four Northwest suburbs saw their median residential tax grow by more than $200 this year:

  • Barrington Hills, where the median increased by $259 to $15,251.
  • South Barrington, where the median rose by $233 to $15,631.
  • Prospect Heights, where the median grew by $228 to $4,853.
  • Barrington, where the median rose $207 to $8,246.

Barrington Unit School District 220, which overlaps three of those municipalities, voted to increase its total tax levy by $5.4 million for the current academic year.

Read the full Daily Herald story here.

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