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Document“All day Thursday (9/22) and Friday (9/23) IDOT’s Contractor will be completing milling and paving work on Main Street adjacent to the Metra railroad tracks under the supervision of Union Pacific railroad flaggers. There will be delays associated with lane closures in this area during this work.

The Contractor’s flaggers will maintain two-way traffic. Manhole grade adjustments will also be underway on Main Street throughout the Village during the rest of the week and into the beginning of next week. Be alert when driving or walking in the construction zone, as this work will raise the structures approximately 2″ above the pavement so they are at the final roadway surface elevation. The placement of the final asphalt surface is anticipated to begin at Ela Road and move westbound beginning early next week.

There will continue to be delays associated with lane closures during paving operations. Should the weather continue to cooperate, the placement of a second layer of asphalt throughout the Village will likely be complete during the first week of October, leaving only roadway striping work remaining.

We understand the frustration with this construction and the associated traffic delays and congestion. While this is not a Village project, we will continue to share updates from IDOT and are looking forward to the completion of this significant improvement in our community!”

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220 Books

The 220 Board of Education will consider upholding the recommendation of these two books tonight.

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. Topics for discussion in their agenda include:

  • Consideration to Approve the Adoption of the 2022-23 Budget
  • Consideration to Uphold the Recommendation of the District Level Review of Materials – Flamer
  • Consideration to Uphold the Recommendation of the District Level Review of Materials – This Book Is Gay

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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“Construction Update September 19, 2022

Tuesday morning (9/20) at 7:00 AM, IDOT’s Contractor will begin paving work on Main Street just east of Route 59 (Hough Street) and will move westbound toward Hart Road. The contractor anticipates remaining east of the CN tracks through the end of the morning school drop-off and then will complete asphalt work at the Hart and Main intersection ahead of school letting out in the afternoon.

While this moving operation will still impact traffic, the Village appreciates the Contractor’s assistance in mitigating impacts directly at the Hart Road and Main Street intersection during heavy traffic times. There will continue to be delays associated with lane closures during paving operations. Should weather continue to cooperate, the placement of a second layer of asphalt throughout the Village will begin this week and could be completed as early as the end of this month, leaving only roadway striping work remaining.

We understand the frustration with this construction and the associated traffic delays and congestion. While this is not a Village project, we will continue to share updates from IDOT and are looking forward to the completion of this significant improvement in our community!”

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policeb220(Friday, Sept. 16) Just before the school day began at Barrington High School this morning, it was reported to school administrators that a student was carrying a gun in one of the BHS school bathrooms.

Out of an abundance of caution, the building was placed on immediate lockdown.

Our School Resource Officer immediately responded and found the student was carrying a pellet gun underneath clothing. The student was taken into police custody.

At this point in time there is no threat at Barrington High School and classes have fully resumed.

We understand that our students may need support in processing what happened today. Our Student Services center is available for students who may want to speak to our mental health professionals.

“If you see something, say something,” is a phrase that we share with our students often and this is an example of how reporting can help school administrators and law enforcement take immediate action to keep everyone safe.

As a reminder, we have a dedicated “See Something, Say Something” webpage and we encourage everyone to review this page and report an issue if something doesn’t seem right. You can also visit the district’s Safety 220 webpage to learn more about the safety measures the district has taken over the past several years.”

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Officers arrested a student who was found with a pellet gun at Barrington High School, prompting the school to go on hard lockdown Friday morning.

The school went into a “full building lockdown,” according to a message sent to parents from Barrington 220 administration.

The lockdown occurred just before school started around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

School officials said a group of students notified administrators about another student carrying a gun in one of the bathrooms.

The school was put on immediate lockdown “out of an abundance of caution.”

The Barrington Police Department responded to the school.

The school resource officer was the first to locate the student, who was carrying a pellet gun underneath their clothing, according to the school.

The student was taken into police custody and the lockdown was lifted.

More here.

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State Representative Martin McLaughlin

While Illinois Democrats successfully passed legislation that updated sex education standards in schools, state test scores show that less than half of students can read at grade level.

Under Senate Bill 818, which Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law in August 2021, K-12 schools that teach sex education must meet National Sex Education standards, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“Modernizing our sex education standards will help keep our children safe and ensure important lessons, like consent and internet safety, are taught in classrooms,” Pritzker said in the release.

But, GOP lawmakers have mostly opposed the law. State Rep. Martin McLaughlin, R-Barrington Hills, recentky spoke out about what he believes needs to happen.

“When I drop my child off at the front door of her school, my parental rights don’t end there, it’s where they just begin,” McLaughlin said in an Aug. 31 Facebook post. “School boards need to exert control and local authority representing their communities and the local property taxpayers who they serve, not capitulating to national ‘standards.'”

Under modernized standards, students in grades K-2 will learn about how to define gender, gender identity, gender-role stereotypes and medically accurate names for body parts, according to a report from Break Through. Third through fifth graders will learn about masturbation, hormone blockers, and the differences between cisgender, transgender and nonbinary. Sixth through eighth graders will learn to define oral, anal and vaginal sex, and non-prescription contraception.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the most recent Illinois Assessment of Readiness test scores show that less than 20% of Chicago third graders could read or do math at grade level.

About 38% of students statewide can read at grade level, according to Wirepoints.


Related:Resident tells 220 Board of Education what they needed to hear (but did they listen?)

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Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach holds an American flag after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Wambach, the leading career scorer, male or female, in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer shortly after the win. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach will kick off the Fall 2022 season of Barrington’s Courageous Conversations series when she speaks Wednesday at Barrington High School.

Wambach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist FIFA World Cup champion and New York Times bestselling author, will speak beginning at 7 p.m. in the school’s Richard Johnson Auditorium, 616 W. Main St. in Barrington.

Tickets are $25 for adults, free for students and can be purchased at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=135263.

This evening is presented by Courageous Community, which has convened more than a thousand community members over the last three years for conversations exploring how to foster greater inclusion and belonging.

This event is presented in partnership with BStrong Together, the Barrington Area Library, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation and Barrington Community Unit School District 220, and made possible thanks to generous support from Jessica and Dominic Green.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be directed to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within the school district.

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Martin McLaughlin’s public comments to the District 220 Board of Education Tuesday night were followed by applause from attendees.

Speaking as a parent of five children, Martin McLaughlin voiced the following Tuesday evening during public comment at the District 220 Board of Education meeting:

“My name is Martin McLaughlin

I am here tonight as a parent. I live in Barrington Hills. I have had four children go through District 220 school system I have a current sophomore in high school. My family has a 50 year history with this school district.

We have chosen to live here because the District has been a leader in academic excellence for many years.

In the past four to six years, I have been astonished at the level of outside influence that has been allowed to infiltrate our local school district and have impact on policies and curricula, all with the blessing and tacit approval of the majority of this and prior school boards.  And the results have not been good. 

Letters and requests by local blogs and special interest groups arrive every day to each of you, pushing their narrow agendas.  And believe me I get it.  I’ve been in your position, serving as an unpaid elected official for 8 years. I can’t tell you how many special interest groups I have had to say no to.

Allowing Non-Profits out of New York and DC lobbyists and unelected social justice and cultural change agents have an impact on our children’s education and development is what we expect you to protect against, not to embrace.

As a community member, I’d like to see the old 3Rs come back— Reading Writing and Arithmetic. Today unfortunately, our children are being taught a New 3Rs – Radicalization, Revisionist history and Racial divides and IT NEEDS TO STOP.

As far as the academic performance at District 220 in mathematics and reading, the failure rate has increased over 20% since 2019 —a direct result of the policies that kept our children remote and kept them out of the classrooms.

The use of our public education system or Misuse to forward and mandate moral and sociological standards is just wrong. How about we get proficient in math, reading and writing first?

There are places for these discussions to occur, but it’s not in chemistry, math or during PE. And it certainly shouldn’t be presented to minor children, particularly those in the lower grade levels.

We all agree it is not appropriate in public schools to discuss or push religious beliefs upon others, so why should it not be as equally inappropriate to discuss political leanings and further, to discuss age-inappropriate related materials to minor children?

Finally, as it relates to public safety and the public good, in my day public school safety meant putting mulch under the monkey bars in the playground, adding padded seats on the bus and making sure that bullying and physical harm did not occur to any students. 

Never in our wildest imaginations did we believe under the guise of public safety that our parental rights and obligations would be taken away by elected or appointed officials when it comes to the best decisions on children’s behalf regarding personal health decisions, cultural or social guidance, morality, traditional curricula or age-inappropriate content.

As a parent I ask that we please begin to focus once again on what’s most important for our community. Traditional academic-based performance standards which is why we all moved here in the first place and is why we all pay incredibly high taxes to support.

Thank you for your dedicated service.”

The video of McLaughlin’s comments can be found here. You decide which Board members listened.

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school tax levy

“At the Sept. 6 Board meeting, the Board held a public hearing on the proposed FY23 budget. The Board is giving preliminary review to a tentative budget that is balanced for the 26th consecutive year.

Approximately 86% of the district’s revenue comes from local property taxes. The balance comes from state and federal funding, and other local revenues such as registration fees and donations. The final budget is anticipated to be approved on Sept. 20. Click here to view the tentative budget packet.”

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JB Teachers

There are fewer students and more teachers in Illinois today than a decade ago, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. Teachers unions push the shortage myth to gain power.

Students and teachers are back in school across Illinois, but teachers unions keep claiming there are not enough teachers to run classrooms.

That’s wrong. State data proves it.

Teachers’ unions have perpetuated the teacher shortage myth. The Illinois Education Association claimed Aug. 28, 2022, the “teacher and education employee shortage [is] getting worse.”

But according to data from the Illinois State Board of Education, there are fewer students and more teachers in Illinois today compared to a decade ago.

Teacher Shortage Graphic

Public school enrollment in Illinois has decreased by nearly 9% in the past decade with just under 1.9 million students enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year. That represents a loss of nearly 180,000 since 2011-2012. Nearly 70,000 of those students have left the public school system since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of teachers in the state has simultaneously been rising during this 10-year period. Illinois had over 4,500 more teachers in 2020-2021, the most recent year with fully available data, than in the 2011-2012 school year. Teacher numbers have climbed by 3.5% while the number of students has dipped by nearly 9%.

Read more here.

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