Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: December 4, 2019

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D220 students benefit from unit district collaboration

At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Board heard a presentation from district administrators about the District Improvement Plan and individual School Improvement Plans. These plans provide a strategic direction for the district, in order to support children through their journey in Barrington 220. Since Barrington 220 is a unit district serving students in grades pre-K through 12, as well as the Barrington Transition Program, collaboration across the district helps define objectives across all grades and personalize instruction and growth opportunities for students. Plans to continue supporting students in the future include: parent and family education, preK-12 ELL (English Language Learner) transition supports and interventions, the evolution of Colt Time at the middle schools, and ongoing job embedded professional development for staff.

New technologies maximize student transportation safety

At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Board heard an update about the district's transportation system. Student transportation safety is continuing to improve in Barrington 220, due to technology upgrades and other logistical changes the district has made in recent years. New technology has helped to decrease the amount of routes across the district, create shorter route times, decrease the amount of bus maintenance issues on the road, and improve performance when there is a substitute driver. Click here to read the full transportation report.

Board holds public hearing for estimated 2019 tax levy

At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Board held a public hearing for the tentative 2019 tax levy, which determines how much taxpayer money the district will receive in 2019. Barrington 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for more than 80% of the district's annual operating revenues. The district expects to receive a 2.34% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 4.4% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue for 2019 is $126,156,200. The Board is anticipated to approve the tax levy at its next meeting on Dec. 17.

Register to vote in the presidential primary election

Are you registered to vote in Illinois? The Board of Education is placing a $147 million school district referendum question on the March 17, 2020 ballot. A successful referendum would fund many important facility upgrades in all of our schools. Click here to begin the voter registration process today! You can also stop in the front office of any of our school buildings or District Administrative Center to register.

Please note: You can register to vote in the March 2020 primary election if you're turning 18-years-old on or before the date of the presidential election on November 3, 2020.

Dr. Harris to celebrate Harper Promise Program

In his superintendent report at the Dec. 3 meeting, Dr. Brian Harris informed Board members about an event this week celebrating the Harper Promise Program. Graduating seniors in the Class of 2019 were the first group of students eligible to receive the Promise Scholarship and there were 21 BHS seniors who received it. Dr. Harris will be speaking at an event to celebrate the program on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6pm at the Wojcik Conference Center on the Harper campus.

The Promise Scholarship is offered to every eligible incoming public high school student in Harper's district (High School Districts 211, 214 and 220). Students can earn up to two years of tuition at Harper College if they maintain solid grades and graduate college ready, have good attendance, don’t repeat classes, graduate on time and provide service to their community.