Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: Dec. 5, 2018

Big picture

Board discusses potential referendum question

At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Board of Education continued to discuss which parts of the Blueprint 220 master plan should be placed on a potential referendum question on the April 2, 2019 general election ballot. In order to place a question on the April ballot, the Board must approve a referendum question resolution by January 14, 2019.

When trying to determine which parts of the master plan should be included, the Board is taking into consideration a recommendation from the Referendum Advisory Committee, as well as results from a community phone survey and online survey conducted in October.

The Board plans to continue the discussion at its next meeting on Dec. 18.

Board reviewing district food services

At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Board of Education heard a presentation about the district's food services program. Currently, Barrington 220 participates in the National School Lunch program, which provides reimbursements from the state and federal government. As required by the state, the district's food service contract must go out to bid every five years. The district has been seeking feedback from students, parents and staff about what they would like to see in the future. At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Board plans to discuss whether or not the district should continue using the National School Lunch program, or pursue a different option at Barrington High School.

Summer school fees to remain flat

At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Board of Education voted to keep Barrington 220 Summer School fees the same in 2019 as they were in 2018. The first session of summer school begins on June 3, 2019. BHS course descriptions will be made available on Dec. 21. Elementary and middle school course descriptions will be made available in March.

Kindergarten enrichment fee to increase

At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Board of Education voted to increase the tuition fee for the Kindergarten Enrichment Program by 2.1% for the 2019-2020 school year. This means the fee will be $3,573 for the 2019-20 school year, compared to $3,500 for the 2018-19 school year. This adjustment was based upon the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is 2.1%. The Kindergarten Enrichment Program allows students to attend class for an entire school day, instead of the standard half day. Click here to learn more about kindergarten options in Barrington 220.

Board moves forward with plans to relocate district office

At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Board approved the renovation bids for the new District Administrative Center, which is located at 515 W. Main Street, directly across from Barrington High School. Renovations will begin immediately and the district office is expected to relocate later this school year. The current district office is located at 310 E. James Street.

Board views artwork created by BHS students

At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Board had a chance to view artwork that BHS students submitted to the annual Harper College Art Show. This highly selective show is held every December and gives students the chance to experience artwork from a variety of suburban schools. The following BHS classes submitted pieces: Drawing and Painting, Digital and Dark Room Photography, Printmaking, Ceramics, Jewelry and Metals and AP Studio Art.