Board of Education
An update from Barrington 220: May 20, 2020
Board approves new Hough principal
Board approves new Director of Student Information
Board recognizes BHS students for scoring 36 on ACT
Aashna Patel plans to attend Northwestern University where she will study biomedical engineering.
Rhea Sharma plans to attend Northwestern University as a part of their Honors Program in Medical Education.
BHS student named to IHSA 2019-20 All-State Academic Team
At its May 19 meeting, the Board recognized Anna Mae King, who has been named to the IHSA 2019-2020 All-State Academic Team. Anna is one of just 26 high school students across Illinois to earn the recognition. To qualify, students must have an outstanding academic record and participate in at least two IHSA sponsored sports or activities during each of the last two years.
During her time at BHS, Anna was a member of the women's Swimming and Diving team and the women's Basketball team. She plans to major in business at Boston College, where she will also be a Division I diver for the women's swimming team.
Dr. Harris shares coronavirus update with Board
At the May 19 meeting, Dr. Brian Harris gave Board members the latest update on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the future in Barrington 220. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, the district is currently preparing three plans for the 2020-21 school year:
Plan A: re-open school in the fall as normal with new public health guidelines and protocols
Plan B: develop a hybrid which would combine Distance Learning instruction with in person instruction, while following strict guidelines as outlined by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health), and ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education)
Plan C: start the year with all Distance Learning instruction
The district expects the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) to release guidelines next month for the potential reopening of schools in the fall.
Parents: take D220's Distance Learning survey!
At the May 19 Board meeting, Dr. Harris and Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning John Bruesch shared preliminary feedback from surveys given to students, teachers and parents about Barrington 220's Distance Learning Plan. Overall, engagement among students and staff has been very strong. While the majority of students and teachers favor an asynchronous learning model, many parents favor a synchronous learning model. Based off the preliminary feedback and the possibility of implementing Distance Learning in the future, Barrington 220 plans to make improvements in the following areas:
Continue to provide Distance Learning training for staff
Determine best ways to provide social emotional support for students of varying ages
Offer Distance Learning Parent University sessions
Refine Distance Learning expectations and communicate those expectations with stakeholders
Board approves BHS graduation requirements
Board discusses how coronavirus may impact FY21 budget
Referendum 220 preliminary project timeline
At its May 19 meeting, the Board discussed a preliminary project timeline for the district's $147 million in facility projects, which voters approved in the March 17 election. Barrington 220 is working with architecture firm DLR Group and Pepper Construction to complete the projects.The timeline for construction is anticipated to span four years (2020-2024). It is divided into three phases:
Design: time needed to review concepts, produce construction documents, and receive authorization from the Board to release for bidding
Bid: time needed for prospective bidders to get drawings, estimate and submit bids for the design, and the construction team to analyze and formulate recommendations for Board approval
Build: time needed to award contracts, purchase materials, construct, and once completed, turn over the facility to the school district to occupy.
The district plans to form a Referendum Construction Steering Committee which will help lead the Design, Bid and Build phases. Barrington 220 intends to begin construction at BMS-Prairie, BMS-Station and Grove Avenue Elementary, in order to prioritize safety and security at those buildings, which includes the elimination of the mobile classrooms. More details for each school's timeline will be provided in the near future.
BHS food sales exceed annual revenue goal, despite school closure
In April 2019 BHS moved off the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) when the Board approved Quest as its new food service vendor. Moving off the NSLP eased federal restrictions, which allows BHS to work with Quest to offer a wider variety of options for students.
Creativity Lab to complete BHS library renovation
The high school will transform two existing library classrooms into the lab, which will complete the BHS library renovation project that began last winter. The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation has pledged $30,000 to help create the lab.
Board meets new BHS student council liaison
Important end of year dates
Friday, May 22: Last day of Distance Learning for students
Tuesday, May 26: BMS-Prairie and BMS-Station Virtual Recognition at 7pm (video links will be emailed to families Tuesday evening)
Friday, May 29: BHS Virtual Graduation (The link to the prelude will be sent to students and families through Infinite Campus at around 6pm. To view the graduation ceremony at 7pm, head to the Barrington 220 homepage.)
REMINDER: To comply with social distancing requirements, all Barrington 220 Board of Education meetings are being held virtually until further notice. If you wish to view the meeting live online, visit: bit.ly/220schoolboardlive