Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: May 22, 2019

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Board recognizes Barrington Fire Department

At its May 21 meeting, the Board of Education recognized the Barrington Fire Department for receiving a special community service award from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC). The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.

Barrington 220 nominated the fire department for being a great partner to the school district. The Barrington Fire Department helps schools with safety drills, trains school faculty on emergency response, and is a member of the Barrington 220 Safety and Security Committee.


At the May 21 Board meeting, Dr. Brian Harris shared pictures from this week's Spanish Dual Language kindergarten graduation ceremony. The nearly 50 kindergarten students in the program attended the Early Learning Center this school year and will attend Roslyn Road Elementary for the 2019-20 school year. The Spanish Dual Language Program teaches students to become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate in Spanish. The program begins in kindergarten, where 80% of the day is instructed in Spanish and 20% is instructed in English. The classroom is made up of 24 students, half of whom are heritage Spanish speakers, while the other half are heritage English speakers.

Board approves new location for Barrington Transition Program

At its May 21 meeting, the Board approved a new location for the Barrington Transition Program, which serves students who are 18-22 years old. It is an educational community dedicated to transitioning young adults with diverse abilities into adulthood in the areas of vocational/employment training, functional academics, and independent living. The new location will be at 1525 S. Grove Avenue. It will provide more targeted space for students to meet program needs. It includes a social area, kitchen, sensory room, ADA compliant bathroom, laundry space and workspace for students and staff. Previously, the district utilized a house on Sturtz Street in Barrington for the Transition Program.

Next Board meeting at new district headquarters

Beginning in June, all Board of Education meetings and district business operations will be located at the new District Administrative Center at 515 West Main street, across from Barrington High School. During the month of May, district office staff have been moving to the building, which is nearly double the size of Barrington 220’s current district office at 310 James Street. It will provide many benefits, including more professional development space, which will free up space in our schools for additional educational needs for students.

Board views artwork created by BHS students

At its May 21 meeting, the Board had a chance to view artwork created by BHS students. The pieces featured a collaboration between the BHS dance program and visual arts classes. Earlier this school year, painting students partnered with advanced dance students to choose a piece of music that inspired a piece of art and original student choreography. Click the photos below to view the corresponding dance.

Important end of year dates

  • BHS Graduation: Friday, May 31 at Willow Creek Community Church

  • BMS-Station 8th Grade Recognition: Monday, June 3 at BHS

  • BMS-Prairie 8th Grade Recognition: Tuesday, June 4 at BHS

  • Elementary/Middle summer school: begins Thursday, June 6

  • BHS summer school: begins Monday, June 10

    *Summer school registration is open until June 10. Click here to register.