Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: June 19, 2019

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D220 works to improve students' social emotional health

At its June 18 meeting, the Board heard an update from the district's Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Committee. The committee formed in the 2017-2018 school year in order to increase social awareness, cultural diversity, and digital citizenship in Barrington 220.

For the 2019-20 school year, the committee will continue to review programming at each grade level and incorporate interventions to best meet the individual needs of all students. The committee is also working to develop a playbook of strategies that teachers can use in their classrooms. In addition, Barrington 220 will continue its partnership with B-Strong Together, as it works to co-develop family programming. Finally, the committee is working to develop long-term indicators aligned to students and courses, so that teachers can integrate this information into lesson planning and general instruction.

Board plans to place referendum on March 2020 ballot

At its June 18 meeting, the Board began discussing which projects should be included in a future school district referendum question. The Board plans to place a referendum question on the March 2020 ballot. The deadline for the Board to approve a referendum question on the March ballot is December 30, 2019, however Board members are preparing to make that decision in advance of the deadline. The referendum discussion will continue at the next Board meeting on Tuesday, July 30.

Board approves two administrative hires

At its June 18 meeting, the Board approved two employees to join the Barrington 220 administration team. Dr. Margo Schmitt will be the district's new Coordinator of Grants, Professional Development and Social Emotional Learning. Dr. Schmitt most recently led the Grants Department at East Aurora School District 131. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University. In addition, she obtained her administrative certificate from DePaul University, her master’s degree in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University, and triple bachelor’s degrees in International Business, French, and Asian Studies from Augustana College.

The Board also approved Chris Lewandowksi as the new Student Services Department Chair at Barrington High School. Lewandowski began working in Barrington 220 in August 2018 as the Assistant Department Chair at BHS. Prior to his arrival at BHS, he worked as the lead school psychologist for the St. Charles School District. He holds a master's degree in Psychology from Loyola University. He obtained his administrative license from Concordia University and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Both Schmitt and Lewandowski will begin July 1.

Board approves lunch/breakfast rates for grades K-8

At its June 18 meeting, the Board approved a lunch rate of $2.95 and breakfast rate of $1.40 for the 2019-20 school year, for students in grades K-8. The Board approved the rate, as the district looks forward to improving the quality of its food options at the elementary and middle schools, through a new food service vendor, Sodexo North America.

Barrington High School also looks forward to providing significant improvements in food choices for students, as it welcomes a new vendor, Quest Food Management Services Inc., for the 2019-20 school year.

Next Board meeting scheduled for July 30

The next scheduled Board meeting is Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Please note this is a change from the original Board meeting date scheduled in July. The July 30 meeting will begin at 7pm at the new District Administrative Center, located at 515 West Main Street, right across from BHS.