Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: May 8, 2019

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Barrington 220 focuses on student-centered learning

At its May 7 meeting, the Board of Education heard an update from the Barrington 220 Teaching and Learning Department, about how the district is consistently improving curricular and instructional programs for students. For the 2019-20 school year, the district will continue to focus on how to create a student-centered learning experience. This includes increasing real-world examples of career exploration, tailoring learning experiences to meet the individual needs of students, surveying students, and continuing to provide regular professional development for teachers.

Did you know? Barrington 220 has 12 instructional coaches. These are former classroom teachers who now work with current teachers, by supporting them in every content area through meaningful coaching cycles. Together, they set goals on how to impact student experience, co-plan, co-teach or model, gather and analyze student data, and assess efficacy of the strategies implemented.

District begins move to new headquarters

At its May 7 meeting, Dr. Brian Harris gave Board members an update on the new District Administrative Center, which will be located at 515 West Main Street, right across from Barrington High School. Staff began moving into the building this week and will continue moving throughout the month of May. Beginning in June, the district plans to hold all Board meetings at the new District Administrative Center. The building is nearly double the size of Barrington 220’s current district office at 310 James Street. This additional space will allow the district to house all district level staff in the new building, which will free up space in our schools for additional educational needs.

Thank you Barrington 220 staff!

This week is National Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week. At the May 7 Board meeting, Board President Penny Kazmier thanked the Barrington 220 staff for their hard work and dedication, as did Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Harris. "I truly appreciate the meaningful work that each of you do, and also celebrate your accomplishments on behalf of our students," Dr. Harris said. "I am proud to be the leader of a school district where educators are dedicated to the success of each and every child."

Board meets new BHS student liaison

At its May 7 meeting, the Board said goodbye to BHS Senior Delaney Nelson, who served as the BHS Student Board Liaison for the 2018-19 school year. Emma Seifert, who is currently a BHS junior, will fill the position for the 2019-20 school year. In the fall, Nelson will be attending Northwestern University in Evanston, where she plans to major in journalism and political science.

Board views artwork created by BHS students

At its May 7 meeting, the Board of Education had a chance to view artwork from the recent BHS art show, "Arrivals and Departures", which took place at the Ice House Mall April 24-26. The show is titled "Arrivals and Departures" because it is a debut for some students who are completing their first art class, while it is the last high school show for other students who are graduating and moving on to new endeavors. The show featured art from many different mediums including: ceramics, sculpture, woodworking, drawing, painting, metals, printmaking, photography, digital arts and graphic design.