Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: December 18, 2019

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Barrington 220 named to AP Honor Roll for 5th time

In his superintendent report at the Dec. 17, 2019 meeting, Dr. Brian Harris shared Barrington 220 is one of just 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to earn a spot on the College Board’s 10th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. This is the 5th time in the past seven years Barrington 220 has made the list. To be included, Barrington 220 had to, since 2017, increase the number of students participating in AP courses, while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Click here to read more.

Creativity is key in One to World program

At its Dec. 17, 2019 meeting, the Board heard an update from the Department of Technology and Innovation on the district's One to World program. One to World is a learning program that integrates 24/7 availability of technology devices, provides ubiquitous access to the Internet, and delivers a set of innovative apps and services for teaching and learning to all students. The integration of technology allows students to have real-world learning experiences while stimulating creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Click here to view the entire presentation, which provides updates on the following topics:

  • 2019 iPad rollout at Barrington High School
  • New iPad learning accessories
  • Professional development for staff, focusing on creativity
  • Blended Learning
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Cybersecurity

Click the video link below to view the Department of Technology and Innovation's "One-Minute Spotlight" series, which shows how BMS-Prairie students in Sarah Ogan's art class use iPad and Adobe Photoshop to create stunning dreamcast visuals.

One-Minute Spotlight - Sarah Ogan - BMS - Prairie

Board approves updated policies related to legalization of cannabis

The Board of Education regularly updates school policies in order to provide the best learning environment for students and staff. As the state’s legalization of recreational cannabis is set to go into effect on January 1, 2020, Barrington 220 would like to make the community aware of expectations for students, staff and visitors.

Barrington 220 prohibits the use of alcohol and drugs on all district premises. This includes all forms of tobacco, cannabis and e-cigarettes. The term “district premises” encompasses district and school buildings, grounds, and parking areas; vehicles used for school purposes; and any location used for a Board of Education meeting, school athletic event, or other school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities.

To view the updated Board policies, click here.

Board approves new administrative hire

In his superintendent report at the Dec. 17, 2019 meeting, Dr. Harris introduced Elliot Echols, the district's new Director of Buildings and Grounds. Echols most recently worked at Homewood Flossmoor High School as the Assistant Director of Operations and Maintenance. He received his bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Northern Illinois University. He replaces Tom Campagna, who recently took a position with another school district. Echols will begin work on Jan. 6.

2020 Summer school fees to remain flat

At its Dec. 17, 2019 meeting, the Board approved the 2020 summer school fees. Based on a review of financial data, 2020 summer session contact hours for academic courses and camps are recommended to remain at 2019 rates.

Board approves Kindergarten Enrichment fee for 20-21

At its Dec. 17, 2019 meeting, the Board approved the Kindergarten Enrichment fee for the 2020-21 school year. The fee for the 2020-21 school year will be $3,640. Currently the fee for the 2019-20 school year is $3,573. This fee adjustment is based off the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 1.9%. The Kindergarten Enrichment Program allows students to attend class for an entire school day, instead of the standard half day. In addition to lessons in the standard academic areas, the full day includes lunch, recess, enrichment activities and play-based learning.

Board approves 2019 tax levy request

At its Dec. 17, 2019 meeting, the Board gave final approval to its share of the local property tax rate for 2019. 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 2.34% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 4.4% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected.

Register to vote in the presidential primary election

Are you registered to vote in Illinois? The Board of Education is placing a $147 million school district referendum question on the March 17, 2020 ballot. A successful referendum would fund many important facility upgrades in all of our schools. Click here to begin the voter registration process today! You can also stop in the front office of any of our school buildings or District Administrative Center to register.

Please note: You can register to vote in the March 2020 primary election if you're turning 18-years-old on or before the date of the presidential election on November 3, 2020.

Board views artwork created by BHS students

At its Dec. 17, 2019 meeting, the Board had a chance to view artwork created by Barrington High School students. The pieces were featured in the annual Harper College Art Show. The event is a highly selective show, which showcases artwork created by high school students from several suburban high schools.