Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: Dec. 19, 2018

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Board to place $185 million referendum question on April ballot

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Board of Education approved placing a $185 million referendum question on the April 2, 2019 general election ballot. Taxpayers will be asked to vote whether to reinvest in our schools and have Barrington 220 issue bonds for $185 million to improve facilities across the district. The Board’s decision comes after a two year effort - Blueprint 220, which included many community engagement sessions and the development of a master facility plan, to determine a path that allows the district to continue keeping students safe, preparing students to be successful after graduation and maintaining the infrastructure of its aging facilities.

The bonds would be issued to support the following projects:

  • Safety and security upgrades at all schools

  • Modernized and improved classrooms in all schools

  • Kitchen and cafeteria renovations at all schools

  • Elimination of mobile classrooms at BMS-Station, BMS-Prairie and Grove Avenue Elementary

  • New 800 seat fine arts center/auditorium at Barrington High School

  • Additional parking and improved campus circulation at Barrington High School

  • Improved PE/Wellness/Athletic facilities at Barrington High School

  • Renovation of Library at Barrington High School

  • Renovation of Student Services spaces (counseling, attendance, health services, dean’s office) at Barrington High School

  • Addition of sensory/therapy rooms at all elementary schools to support students with special needs

  • Parking lot expansions at Countryside, Grove, Lines and North Barrington Elementary Schools

If the referendum passes, it is estimated that the owner of a $500,000 home would pay an additional $100 more in annual property taxes, which amounts to 27 cents per day, or less than $2 per week.

Between January and April 2, 2019, there will be many opportunities for community members to learn more about the details of the capital referendum. Please stay tuned for those informational opportunities and remember to check back frequently with the district website, as well as its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Blessings in a Backpack serves D220 students

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Board of Education heard a presentation about the Barrington chapter of the Blessings in a Backpack program, which is largely funded by Barrington Children's Charities. Each year the program feeds more than 700 Barrington 220 students on the free and reduced lunch program. Volunteers meet at Sunny Hill Elementary School every Thursday to pack bags with nutritious food for the students. Click here to watch a video about the program.

Board approves 2018 tax levy request

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Board gave final approval to its share of the local property tax rate for 2018. Barrington 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for more than 80-percent of the district's annual operating revenues. The district expects to receive a 2.71% tax increase compared to last year, however it requested a 4.87% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected.