Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: June 17, 2020

Barrington 220's preliminary Roadmap to Reopening

In his superintendent report at the June 16 Board meeting, Dr. Harris shared Barrington 220's preliminary Roadmap to Reopening for the 2020-21 school year. The district is preparing educational plans based on Restore Illinois, which is a five-phase reopening plan. The district intends to finalize detailed guidelines for each plan next month. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, it is possible the district will be in several of these phases over the course of the 2020-21 school year. The state of Illinois is currently in Phase 3.


  • PHASE 1 (Rapid spread): All Distance Learning, which would include more rigorous guidelines based upon feedback from Spring 2020. Essential staff on site as necessary.

  • PHASE 2 (Flattening): All Distance Learning, which would include more rigorous guidelines based upon feedback from Spring 2020. Essential staff on site as necessary.


  • PHASE 3 (Recovery):
    -10 people or less in a designated space
    -All Distance Learning, which would include more rigorous guidelines based upon feedback from Spring 2020.
    -Essential staff on site as necessary
    -Some groups (such as special education programs) on site
    -Staff members on site as necessary
    -Follow IHSA and IESA guidelines for athletics

  • PHASE 4 (Revitalization):
    -50 people or less in a designated space
    -All students return to school with public health guidelines in place, OR

    -Grades PK-6 return every day and grades 7-12 return on a rotational schedule
    -Plan Distance Learning for some students
    -Follow IHSA and IESA guidelines for athletics
    -All staff members on site


  • PHASE 5 (Restored): Return to "normal" with new public health guidelines in place


The district expects the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) to release guidelines soon for the reopening of schools in the fall. In addition, Barrington 220 has created a committee made up of school administrators, teachers and support staff, which is meeting over the summer to review reopening plans. School administrators are also meeting with parents over the summer to gain their feedback. Click the link below to listen to Dr. Harris explain Barrington 220's preliminary Roadmap to Reopening at the Board meeting.

Barrington 220's preliminary Roadmap to Reopening (June 16, 2020 Board of Education Meeting)

Board hears preliminary reopening survey results

At its June 16 meeting, Board members heard preliminary results from a survey given to staff and parents earlier this month about the reopening of school in the fall. The majority of respondents, whether parents or staff, reported the district did as well as can be expected with Distance Learning in the Spring of 2020. The majority of staff and parents also reported it is very important for the district to resume in-person instruction in the fall.

D220 earns rare financial designation among school districts

In his superintendent report at the June 16 Board meeting, Dr. Harris shared that Barrington 220 has maintained its AAA bond rating status from S&P Global Ratings, making it one of just 85 school districts across the country to earn the highest rating. In addition, Barrington 220 is one of only 22 school districts in Illinois with a AAA bond rating.


As a AAA bond rated school district, Barrington 220 will receive the lowest competitive interest rates when seeking bond financing. In March 2020, Barrington area voters passed a $147 million bond measure, which will fund many critical capital projects at all Barrington 220 schools.

Tax-exempt D220 bonds available to local investors

In his superintendent report, Dr. Harris also mentioned Barrington 220 will start by issuing approximately $43,710,000 in tax-exempt bonds and community members will have a chance to purchase them this month. Issued through the Illinois Finance Authority, the proceeds will be used for projects for the $147 million bond measure. Interested? Click here for more information.

Board approves new Director of HR

At its June 16 meeting, the Board approved Chelsea Hedges as the district's new Director of Human Resources. Hedges joined Barrington 220 in July 2017 and currently works as the district's Director of Student Services and Support. She previously worked as an assistant principal for student services in Deerfield District 109. Hedges holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Illinois State University. She obtained her master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University and earned Director of Special Education endorsement credentials from the University of St. Francis. Hedges replaces Teresa Reiche, who the Board recently approved as the district's new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources beginning July 1.

Board approves new assistant principal at Sunny Hill

At its June 16 meeting, the Board approved Edgar De La Mora as the new Sunny Hill Assistant Principal. De La Mora joins Barrington 220 from McHenry Elementary School District 15, where he most recently worked as a bilingual special education teacher and digital technologist/web coordinator. He also served as the lead administrator in the Extended School Year summer school program in McHenry District 15. De La Mora holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education. He holds a learning behavioral specialist certificate from Quincy University and a bilingual endorsement from National Louis University. Prior to becoming an educator, De La Mora worked in the field of architecture, and also holds a degree in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He replaces Michelle Acosta, who begins her new position as principal of the Early Learning Center on July 1.
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Board begins discussion on superintendent search

At its June 16 meeting, the Board discussed the search process for the district's next superintendent. This summer the Board is planning to interview search firms, which specialize in school district superintendent searches.


At its June 2 meeting, 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.

REMINDER: To comply with social distancing requirements, all Barrington 220 Board of Education meetings are being held virtually until further notice. If you wish to view the meeting live online, visit: bit.ly/220schoolboardlive