Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: August 12, 2020

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Board approves Barrington 220 Roadmap to Reopening

At its August 11 meeting, the Board approved a resolution to adopt the district's Roadmap to Reopening, which states students will begin the 2020-21 school year with Distance Learning. The first day of school for grades 1-12 is Thursday, August 20. The first day of school for PK and kindergarten is Monday, August 24.

The district plans to remain in Distance Learning mode until at least Friday, October 16. A district committee made up of school nurses, teachers, support staff and school administrators is working to create re-entry criteria that will be used, in conjunction with local health guidelines, to determine when students can safely return to in-person learning.

Parent University: Preparing for Distance Learning

The district is offering a series of virtual Parent University sessions to help parents navigate Distance Learning for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Sessions will be led by Barrington 220 instructional coaches, technology specialists, and wellness staff. Each session will run approximately 45 minutes and will focus on the key components of Distance Learning: creating your at-home learning environment, navigating instructional technology, and managing the social and emotional needs of kids. Click here to register and read session descriptions.

Board approves Director of Equity, Race, and Cultural Diversity Initiatives

At its August 11 meeting, the Board approved Nate Rouse as the district's first ever Director of Equity, Race, and Cultural Diversity Initiatives. Rouse comes to Barrington 220 from Bartlett High School in School District U-46, where he served as dean of students. Prior to his time in U-46, he served as the first African American principal at Oak Park & River Forest High School. Rouse started his career in public education as an English teacher at West Leyden High School and also worked as an assistant principal at Highland Park High School. He holds a master's degree in teaching from Northeastern Illinois University and is currently working to obtain a doctorate in Educational Leadership at UIC. He will begin his role in Barrington 220 on August 17.

ELC recognized for excellence

In his superintendent report at the August 11 Board meeting, Dr. Harris congratulated the Early Learning Center for achieving a Gold Circle of Quality rating from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development providers. This is the second time the Early Learning Center’s Preschool for All Program has received the top award, after earning it 2017. In addition, the Early Learning Center received the Silver Circle of Quality in 2014. For more than 30 years, the ELC’s Preschool for All program has served at-risk children ages three to five in the Barrington area.

Board adopts tentative FY21 budget

At its August 11 meeting, the Board heard an update on the FY21 tentative budget. In anticipation of how the pandemic may impact projected revenue, the tentative budget reflects about $1,000,000 in expenditure reductions. A public hearing on the proposed budget will take place at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting on Sept. 1. The final budget is anticipated to be approved on Sept. 15.

Board approves superintendent search firm

At its August 11 meeting, the Board approved School Exec Connect as the firm it will use to help select Barrington 220's next superintendent of schools. The Board will now work with the firm on how to gain public input on the superintendent search and set a timeline for the process. In June the Board of Education shared that after more than 30 years in public education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Harris will retire at the end of his contract on June 30, 2021. Dr. Harris has served as the Barrington 220 Superintendent of Schools for the past six years.

No school on Election Day 2020

At its August 11 meeting, the Board approved Nov. 3, 2020 as a non-attendance day for students and staff. In June Gov. Pritzker signed SB 1863, which marks Nov. 3, 2020 a state holiday for schools. The following changes below are being made to the calendar as a result. Click here to view the updated calendar.


  • Nov. 2, 2020: BHS and Barrington Transition Center parent/teacher conferences will now be held on Monday, Nov. 2.

  • Nov. 6, 2020: This will be an early dismissal day for elementary students. This will be a full regular attendance day for middle, high school and Barrington Transition students. This will remain a non-attendance day for ELC students.

  • Feb. 15, 2021: Teacher In-Service Day (non attendance day for students)
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Plans moving along to replace BHS sewage pump

At its August 11 meeting, the Board approved a bid to replace the sewage pump at Barrington High School, which is about 70-years-old. Defranco Plumbing will be in charge of the project. The total cost of the contract is $212,269. This project is one of an estimated $62 million worth of projects slated for the high school, after voters approved a $147 million referendum for the district in March 2020. By law, the funds must be used for capital improvement projects. Click here to view all of the projects at BHS.

Board views conceptual designs for additions at Station and Prairie

At its August 11 meeting, the Board viewed conceptual designs for additions at BMS-Prairie and BMS-Station, which will replace the mobile classrooms at each campus. Last week teachers and administrators from both campuses presented the plans to a group of parents and some Board members, which you can view in the videos below. Barrington 220 is working with architecture firm DLR Group and Pepper Construction to complete the projects. Over the next couple of months, the district’s Referendum Construction Steering Committee will continue working with DLR and Pepper to refine the designs, before going out to bid in late November or December.

VIDEO: Prairie Construction Update

Prairie Referendum Construction Update: August 4, 2020

VIDEO: Station Construction Update

Station Referendum Construction Update: August 3, 2020