Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: September 18, 2019

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Board discusses Distance Learning for inclement weather days

At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Board heard a presentation about a district-wide plan to have students complete the school day from home, on an inclement weather day, or during other emergencies. This could eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year. The Barrington 220 administration has been working in collaboration with the Barrington Education Association (BEA) and Barrington School District Employee Organization (BSEO) on a Distance Learning Plan, which encompasses traditional lesson assignments at home that do not require an electronic device, as well as eLearning (lesson assignments at home that require an electronic device, such as an iPad). The Board will hold a public hearing about the eLearning portion of the Distance Learning Plan, with consideration to approve it, at its next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The use of eLearning, specifically for inclement weather days, is anticipated to go before the Board for approval at its Oct. 15 regularly scheduled meeting. Barrington 220 is working with all school PTOs to develop a document for parents that would answer frequently asked questions about the Distance Learning Plan.

Student wins Infinitec Assistive Technology Award

At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Board recognized Aiden Spencer, a 4th grade student at Arnett C. Lines Elementary. Aiden received the 2019 Infinitec Outstanding Use of Assistive Technology Award. Aiden is autistic and uses a communication app on his iPad to express himself. Click the link below to learn more about Aiden. Photo: Aiden (center) poses for a picture with his family and Barrington 220 staff.
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Board approves FY20 budget

At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Board approved the FY20 budget. 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. This marks the 23rd consecutive year Barrington 220 has passed a balanced budget. In addition, Barrington 220 continues to maintain fiscal responsibility and earn a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor's.

Big name journalists to attend BHS alumni event

In her report at the Sept. 17 meeting, Board President Penny Kazmier reminded the community about the upcoming Alumni Legends event, "Journeys in Journalism: Past, Present and Future". This event is organized by the Barrington High School Alumni Association and Barrington 220 Educational Foundation and it is always a great way to kick off the homecoming weekend. Join BHS alum and Los Angeles Times columnist Chris Erskine, as he moderates a panel discussion, which will feature BHS grads who now work in the field of journalism. Panelists include:

  • Andy Armas: ESPN/ABC Editor
  • Chris Erskine: Los Angeles Times Columnist/Editor
  • Lauren Magiera: WGN-TV Sports Anchor/Reporter
  • Scott Stahmer: Village Daily Sun Editor
  • Gary Suson: Ground Zero Photographer
  • Mike Tobin: FOX News Correspondent
  • Anna Werner: CBS Investigative Correspondent


The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7pm in the BHS auditorium. The event is FREE and open to the Barrington community.

Former Board member finalist in Teacher of the Year Award

In her report at the Sept. 17 meeting, Board President Penny Kazmier congratulated former Board member Joe Ruffolo, who is one of 10 finalists across the state up for the 2020 Teacher of the Year Award. The annual award is presented by the State Superintendent of Education, as part of the Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel” program, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to our state's public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools. The 2020 Teacher of the Year winner will be named at the 45th annual “Those Who Excel/Illinois Teacher of the Year” banquet on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Normal, IL.


Ruffolo served on the Barrington 220 Board of Education from 2011-2019. He is a physics teacher at West Leyden High School, located in Northlake, in Leyden High School District 212.

Barrington 220 Communications Department wins awards

In his report at the Sept. 17 Board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Harris congratulated the Barrington 220 Communications Department for three awards it recently received from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA). The awards recognize high-quality school publications and materials that promote the mission and message of a school district. The department, comprised of Director of Communications Samantha Ptashkin and Graphic Designer/Print and Web Specialist Annie Loizzi, received awards for the following submissions:


ICYMI: Barrington 220 to sell former district office

Earlier this month 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.