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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.

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The reported $650,000 District 220 spent this summer to replace the stadium turf at Barrington High School awaits the first test of the Bronco’s 2019 season

Teachers and staff across Barrington School District 220 welcomed its more than 8,000 students back to school recently, with new security upgrades, a revised lunch program and more on tap.

School district officials plan to use the Back to School Night events to help education parents and other stakeholders on the $147 million referendum the school board voted to place on the upcoming March 2020 ballot. The move came after taxpayers rejected a $184 million one earlier this year.

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Note: This is the second article we’ve posted on the August 15 District 220 meeting due in no small part to the caption in the photo below:

A group of more than 20 residents lobbied the Barrington School District 220 board at the Aug. 15, 2019 meeting, asking board members to include a fine arts center in the $147 million referendum the board will place on the March 17, 2020 election ballot.

The Barrington School District 220 board voted to make another go at getting money for what officials say are needed infrastructure, safety and other school building improvements, this time asking taxpayers to green light a $147 million referendum.

The measure will be placed on the March 17, 2020 primary ballot, after school board members voted at the Aug. 15 meeting to approve that move.

Board members decided to ask the community for $38 million less than the $185 million on the referendum voters rejected in the April 2 election. They reached a consensus on the referendum – after discussing which school improvements to include and which to postpone until later – following four meetings since June 8, including two last week. There was one primary goal.

“We have to be sure the community as a whole is with us,” said board President Penny Kazmier “We can’t go to the voters without being prepared. We have to have a good plan. We have to decide ‘where do we draw the line?’”

Read the full Barrington Courier-Review story here.  As you’ll read, the board did not approve requesting funding to cover a new fine arts center.

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For the second time this week, only two people watched the Live Stream of the Barrington 220 Board of Ed meeting, and The Observer was one of the two.

At a special Board meeting on August 15, Board members approved placing a $147 million school district referendum question on the March 17, 2020 primary election ballot. A successful referendum would:

  • Improve safety and security at all Barrington 220 schools
  • Eliminate mobile classrooms at BMS-Prairie, BMS-Station and Grove Elementary
  • Repair and renovate aging building conditions at all schools, such as heating, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing and roofs
  • Improve traffic circulation at pick-up/drop-off zones at BHS
  • Build PE/Wellness addition at BHS

Build front addition at BHS, which would include:

  • New Student Services area (counseling, attendance, health services, dean’s office), so students can easily access these services in one central location
  • Additional classroom space and cafeteria improvements

Build additional classroom space at all elementary schools to be used for:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) instruction
  • Students with special needs 

While the Board did not include building a new fine arts center at Barrington High School in this referendum, it does include funds to complete the architectural design. If voters approve the March 2020 referendum, the Board has committed to engaging the community in a collaborative discussion, to create a model for future consideration.

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Two (2) people tuned in to the Barrington 220 Board of Ed Live Stream Tuesday night

At its August 13 meeting, the Board of Education continued to discuss which projects should be included in a future school district referendum question. The Board plans to place a referendum question on the March 2020 ballot.

The statutory deadline for the Board to approve a referendum question on the March ballot is December 30, 2019, however Board members are preparing to approve a question well before the deadline.

The referendum discussion will continue at a special Board meeting on Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 PM at the District Administrative Center, 515 W. Main St.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 board members intend to vote Tuesday, Aug. 13, on whether to place a question on the ballot early next year seeking voter permission to borrow money to fund building projects.

The meeting begins a half hour early at 6:30 PM at District 220’s administrative center, 515 W. Main St. in Barrington.

Board members will need to decide a dollar amount and projects for the planned March 17 referendum. It would be the second time in about a year the district went to voters for funds.

Voters in April defeated a measure seeking to raise property taxes to pay for $185 million in building projects. If the board can’t decide the issue Tuesday, the elected officials would return for a special meeting at the administrative center 7:30 PM Thursday, Aug. 15.

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While the Barrington football and boys soccer teams will get the first chance to use the new artificial turf at the school’s stadium in the fall, girls soccer coach Ryan Stengren said he can’t wait until it is the Fillies’ turn in the spring.

When Stengren arrived 13 years ago, he had the challenge of preparing his team to compete on a grass field that was rock-hard after a long winter and hadn’t been replanted since football season. Barrington soon installed an artificial playing surface, but that turf field had aged over the years.

Now, Barrington has a new playing surface once again.

David Bein, the assistant superintendent for business services for Barrington School District 220, said the final cost of the project is expected to be about $636,000.

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