Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: November 20, 2019

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Board recognizes Roslyn Road for 2nd National Blue Ribbon

At its Nov. 19 meeting, the Board of Education recognized Roslyn Road Elementary, which received the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award. Last week Roslyn staff members Michelle Alvarez, Cindy Hesselbein and Gina Weis traveled to Washington, DC to attend the National Blue Ribbon Award Ceremony. They were accompanied by Dr. Craig Winkelman, Assistant Superintendent for K-12 Schools and Operations.

"You don't win a Blue Ribbon if you don't have people working together," said Roslyn Principal Paul Kirk. "We definitely have that at Roslyn and in Barrington 220."

Roslyn is one of only 25 schools across Illinois and 362 schools nationwide to earn a 2019 National Blue Ribbon. Roslyn also earned the award in 2013. Barrington 220 schools have now earned a total of 11 National Blue Ribbon awards. Those schools include:

Barrington High School: 1993

Arnett C. Lines Elementary: 1994, 2008

Barbara B. Rose Elementary: 2014

Countryside Elementary: 2016

Grove Avenue Elementary: 1992, 2007, 2016

Hough Street Elementary: 2015

Roslyn Road Elementary: 2013, 2019

38 BHS students named National Merit Commended

In his superintendent report at the Nov. 19 Board meeting, Dr. Brian Harris recognized 38 Barrington High School students who have been named 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/NMSQT.

Congrats to the following students: Ved Anand, Arjun, Asija, Calista Brady, Samantha D’Angelo, Jessica Giacomin, Abraham Holtermann, Jack Hoppe, Saaketh Kanimilli, Sofia Khatoon, Aarthi Koripelly, Maks Kowalski, Allison Lacy, Isabella Lebovic, Colin Lehmann, Nicholas Lenz, Jonathan Louis, Charlotte Lucas, Lillian McHugh, Benjamin Meitzler, Ana Nelson, Linnea O’Brien, Dominic Oetinger, Arjun Pal, Lucas Rot, Saad Sadiq, Abigail So, Ian Song, Shubham Srivastava, Rhea Thomas, Henry Varwig, Tarun Voruganti, Joshua West, Ella Wickstrom, Alexander Xia, Brian Yang, Christopher Yang, Andrew Yu, Bradley Yu.

Board approves estimated 2019 tax levy

At its Nov. 19 meeting, the Board heard a presentation about the tentative 2019 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 2.34% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 4.4% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue for 2019 is $126,156,200. The next step in the tax levy approval process is a public hearing set for the Dec. 3 Board meeting. The Board is anticipated to approve the tax levy on Dec. 17.

Board approves which IASB resolutions it plans to support

At its Nov. 19 meeting, the Board approved which resolutions it plans to support from the Illinois Association of School Board's (IASB) 2019 resolution proposals. The Board will NOT support a resolution which provides local school boards the option of developing Student Safety and Protection Plans which allow voluntary district employees, in any capacity, the ability to carry a concealed firearm on district property.


Every November school boards from across the state send a delegate to the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) conference in Chicago. At this conference, the delegates vote on proposed resolutions IASB will pursue in the upcoming legislative sessions.

Click here to view the 2019 resolutions.

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Board approves demolition of property near Prairie and ELC

At its Nov. 19 meeting, the Board approved the demolition of the property located at 36 E. Dundee Road, which sits directly adjacent to BMS-Prairie and the Early Learning Center. The work will be completed no later than December 20th, but it is estimated it will only take approximately two weeks to complete the demolition. While the district does not anticipate any disruption to the school day, please be aware you will see construction crews and equipment around the parking lots of both buildings. The intent would be to use the space to ease traffic congestion at both schools.


Barrington 220 purchased the property last school year, after Cook County rejected a proposal from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District to build a fire station at the site.

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School Board Members Day celebrated across Illinois

In his superintendent report at the Nov. 19 meeting, Dr. Brian Harris recognized our seven Barrington 220 Board of Education members for their volunteer service and dedication to the school district. The Illinois Association of School Boards has designated November 15 of each year as "School Board Members Day" in Illinois. The day recognizes the outstanding efforts of the nearly 6,000 elected school board members throughout the state.

Barrington 220 named Top Workplace

In his superintendent report at the Nov. 19 Board meeting, Dr. Brian Harris shared Barrington 220 was recently named one of the 2019 Top Workplaces in the Chicago area by the Chicago Tribune. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection. Click here to see the full list.

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.

Art work created by BHS ceramic students on display at the Nov. 19 Board meeting