Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: May 20, 2020

Board approves new Hough principal

At its May 19 meeting, the Board approved Zach Ernst as the new principal of Hough Street Elementary School. Ernst comes to Barrington 220 from Naperville District 203, where he has served as the assistant principal of Scott Elementary School for the past three years. He also previously taught third and fifth grade in District 203. Ernst holds two master’s degrees, one in curriculum and instruction from North Central College and another in educational leadership from the American College of Education. He received his bachelor’s degree from North Central College, where he studied elementary education. Ernst replaces Jim Aalfs who was appointed principal of BMS-Station Campus at the April 8 Board meeting. Ernst will start on July 1.

Board approves new Director of Student Information

At its May 19 meeting, the Board approved Phil Hintz as the district's new Director of Student Information. Hintz comes to Barrington 220 from Gurnee School District 56, where he has served as the Director of Technology for the past 15 years. He also has technology experience in the private sector and as an educational technology advisor and consultant. Hintz began his career in education as a music teacher in Texas, where he worked as an instrumental jazz and band director. He holds a master's degree in educational administration, with a minor in educational technology, from the University of Texas in Brownsville. He is currently pursuing a PhD in educational leadership, innovation and improvement from Concordia University. In addition, Hintz holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Illinois Wesleyan University and VanderCook College of Music. He replaces June Nilles, who is retiring in June. Hintz will start on July 1.

Board recognizes BHS students for scoring 36 on ACT

At its May 19 meeting, the Board recognized seven Barrington High School students who earned a top score of 36 on the ACT test. Congratulations to the following seniors: Ved Anand, Arjun Asija, Rajesh Balasamy, Benjamin Meitzler, Aashna Patel, Rhea Sharma and Tarun Voruganti!

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


Parents who wish to complete the survey, please click here.

Board approves BHS graduation requirements

At its May 19 meeting, the Board approved amended graduation requirements for the Barrington High School Class of 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the majority of BHS students have already met graduation requirements, the Illinois State Board of Education has suspended certain statutory requirement minimums to allow local districts to modify or reduce their local graduation requirements.

Board discusses how coronavirus may impact FY21 budget

At the May 19 meeting, Board members discussed how the pandemic’s impact on projected revenue may impact next school year’s budget. The Board is currently revisiting many of the assumptions it made in January and asked the administration to provide expenditure reductions for Board consideration to prepare a balanced budget for FY21. The Board will continue to discuss the FY21 budget at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
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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

At its May 19 meeting, the Board heard an update on the new food service program at BHS. If students had remained in the building until the end of the 2019-20 school year, it is projected sales would have exceeded last school year's food sales by 154%. During FY19 BHS served 64,650 meals. For FY20 in which the last day of in person instruction was March 13, BHS had served 101,039 meals. Quest Food Management Services Inc. returns 7.5% of the total sales to the high school, so it can be reinvested into the food service program.


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

At its May 19 meeting, the Board heard a presentation from Barrington 220 Fine Arts Director Brigid Tileston and BHS Assistant Principal Ben Rodriguez about a new Creativity Lab at the high school. The lab will serve all students, allowing them to explore visual, aural and artistic mediums in a state-of-the-art facility with industry-standard equipment. Students will use technology to create projects in the following areas: Humanities, Fine Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

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

At its May 19 meeting, the Board said goodbye to BHS Senior Emma Seifert, who served as the BHS Student Council Board Liaison for the 2019-20 school year. Seifert plans to attend Miami University. Isabel Garcia, who is currently a BHS sophomore, will fill the position for the 2020-21 school year. Pictured: Emma (left) and Isabel (right)

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