Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: September 4, 2019

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Barrington 220 to sell former district office

At its Sept. 3 meeting, the Board approved a resolution that would authorize the sale of the former district office, located at 310 E. James Street in Barrington. The sale of the 12,413 square foot building will happen through a sealed bid process. The minimum sale price is set at $900,000. The building is located in an area with a mix of houses and businesses. The district moved into the location in the early 1970s, when the school district was officially formed.

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, Barrington 220 moved into its new location at 515 West Main Street, right across from Barrington High School.

Start time data shows improved productivity and grades among students

At its Sept. 3 meeting, the Board heard a presentation on the impact of the district's new school day start times, which were implemented at the start of the 2017-18 school year. According to survey results, middle and high school students say they are more productive, compared to before the start time changes were implemented. At BHS, data also shows first period grades have improved by 3% each year.

Public hearing held on tentative FY20 budget

At its Sept. 3 meeting, the Board held a public hearing on the proposed FY20 budget. The Board is giving preliminary review to a tentative budget that is balanced for the 23rd consecutive year. Each year nearly 80% of the district's revenue comes from local property taxes. The balance comes from state and federal funding, and other local revenues such as registration fees and donations. In the FY20 budget, revenues are expected to exceed expenditures. The final budget is anticipated to be approved on Sept. 17.

Open house at District Administrative Center

In his report at the Sept. 3 Board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Harris invited the community to an open house for the new location of the Barrington 220 District Administrative Center. The open house will take place from 11am-1pm on Saturday, Oct. 5, immediately following the annual BHS homecoming parade. The new location for the District Administrative Center is 515 West Main Street, right across from BHS.