Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: Nov. 21, 2018

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Referendum Advisory Committee gives recommendation to Board

At its Nov. 20 meeting, representatives from the Referendum Advisory Committee made a recommendation to the Board of Education, regarding which parts of the Blueprint 220 master plan should be included in a potential referendum question on the April 2, 2019 general election ballot.

The committee's recommendation is to put a $160 million referendum question on the ballot, which would eliminate mobile classrooms at BMS-Station, BMS-Prairie and Grove Avenue Elementary, by building additional classrooms at each school. It would also provide safety and security upgrades and maintenance at every school. In addition, $160 million would create an 800 seat fine arts center, add parking, improve campus circulation, develop the land on the west side of Hart Road, and renovate student services spaces at Barrington High School. It would also include creating sensory/therapy rooms at the elementary level.

The recommendation had to be approved by at least 60% of the committee, which was made up of more than 60 community members.

In December the Board of Education will review the committee's recommendation, as well as results from community phone and online surveys, in order to determine which parts of the master plan should be included in a referendum question and the total dollar amount.

Board recognizes national merit commended students

At its Nov. 20 meeting, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Harris, recognized 28 Barrington High School students who have been named 2019 National Merit Commended students. Commended students' test scores place them among the top 50,000 of the 1.6 million students who entered this year's National Merit Scholarship Program, by taking the PSAT/NMSQ. Congratulations!

Board approves estimated 2018 tax levy

At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Board of Education heard a presentation about the tentative 2018 tax levy, which determines how much taxpayer money the district will receive in 2019. Barrington 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for more than 80% of the district's annual operating revenues. The district expects to receive a 2.71% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 4.87% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, the total expected operating tax revenue for 2019 is $122,318,800. The next step in the tax levy approval process is a public hearing set for the Dec. 4 Board meeting. The Board is anticipated to approve the tax levy on Dec. 18.

Board to review district food services

At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Board of Education heard an update on the district's food services program. Currently Barrington 220 uses the National School Lunch program. As required by the state, the district's food service contract must go out to bid every five years. Therefore, the district has been seeking feedback from students, parents and staff about what they would like to see in the future. Click here to view the food services presentation.