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  • Barrington Dist. 220 Special Olympics team honored Sep 4, 2014 4:54 PM
    Some members of the Barrington High School Special Olympics track and field, basketball and soccer teams were honored at this week’s meeting of the Barrington Area Unit District 220 school board. The after-school program has been growing steadily since it was introduced by Shandra Nosal, who started the track and field team six years ago.

     
  • District 220 appears to have moved beyond class size issue Sep 2, 2014 11:38 PM
    The first day of class enrollment numbers have been tallied and it appears that parents’ concerns about class sizes at Barrington Area Unit School District 220 Elementary schools have been satisfied. According to a presentation by district statistician Ben Ditowsky at the district’s public meeting Tuesday night, just two elementary school class rooms are above district guidelines. Both classrooms are third grade sections at Grove Avenue Elementary and both have 26 students, which is just above the district guidelines of 23-25 students for third grade sections. The issue of class sizes has been one of the most discussed topics at school board meetings for the past five or six months. At a meeting in April, around 30 parents addressed the board during public comment about class size projections that indicated several elementary class sections would be above district guidelines. Parents expressed their shock that a district with so many resources might have overcrowded classrooms. In return, district administrators and board members tried to reassure parents that they had their eye on the enrollment numbers and would hire more teachers if it became necessary as projections changed as the new school year approached. At Tuesday night’s meeting no parent addressed the board on the topic. According to the enrollment numbers, 49 fewer students showed up to class on the first day of school last week compared to the 2013-2014 school year. Board President Brian Battle said despite the overall number being down once again, he saw some signs that enrollment may be on the rebound among elementary school students. Battle pointed out that every elementary school class from last year added students throughout the year. For example, last year, the district counted 497 first grade students. Those students are now in second grade and according to the numbers, the class has grown to 516 students. Battle said the number of students doesn’t always increase at the elementary school level like that. Usually the biggest increases in enrollment happen in sixth and ninth grades when private and home school students join the district for middle and high school respectively. “It could mean younger families are moving back in (to the district),” Battle added, knocking on the wood table in front of him as he spoke. Superintendent Brian Harris said the district would do a larger presentation of the enrollment numbers at a board meeting in October when they will have the 30-day enrollment figures.

     
  • Suburban schools moving finals to before holiday break Aug 26, 2014 5:00 AM
    Instead of making study guides and cramming for finals, Lily Moradi will spend winter break this year relaxing and enjoying time with her friends and family. Moradi, a senior at Barrington High School, is just one of thousands of students in the suburbs benefiting from a growing trend of school districts changing their schedules to place first-semester exams before, rather than after, winter break. “Now kids can finally have a stress-free vacation,” she said.

     
  • District 220 continues sign replacement plan Aug 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Four Barrington Area Unit School District 220 schools will have new exterior signs installed over the summer, according to a release by the district.

     
  • Barrington 220 to hire 4 more teachers, easing class size concerns Jul 16, 2014 5:21 AM
    The Barrington Area School District Unit 220 approved a decision by new Superintendent Brian Harris to add four new teachers for additional class sections at the elementary level in the district. The board’s decision prompted grateful applause from the parents who once again filled nearly every available seat. “Thank you, thank you,” said Keely Hegner, a parent of three students.

     
  • Barrington Hills teen pleads guilty in fatal DUI case Jul 9, 2014 9:13 PM
    A Barrington Hills 19-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated DUI in a crash that claimed the life of a 61-year-old Elgin man and injured a 44-year-old woman last year. Karsten Eilertsen, a 2013 Barrington High School graduate, appeared in Cook County court with his attorneys and members of his family Wednesday afternoon.

     
  • Barrington High Business Incubator program poised to spread Jul 6, 2014 7:58 AM
    To say that the Business Incubator program at Barrington High School had a successful first year would be putting it lightly. The architects of the class aimed to teach the tenets of entrepreneurship and business acumen to 16- and 17-year-olds hoped one student startup company would get $10,000 in seed money. Instead, five companies ended up with $80,000.

     
  • Barrington teacher marks 50 years in the classroom Jun 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Diane Kostick of Barrington is in a rare category — not only for having been in a single line of work for five decades, but doing so in a way that directly shapes the futures of many others. This summer, Kostick marks her 50th year as a teacher ... and she has no plans to stop there. “I have the best job on the planet,” she said.

     
  • Dist. 220 bids farewell to superintendent Jun 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Tom Leonard, the longtime Barrington Area Unit School District 220 superintendent, received a fond farewell from members of the district at his final school board meeting Tuesday night at Barrington High School. Board President Brian Battle said Leonard has accomplished above and beyond what is normally asked of a superintendent during his seven years on the job.

     
  • Editorial: Protecting your kids from others, themselves Jun 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial advocates that parents become thoroughly engaged in their kids' online existences to protect them both from online dangers - and themselves.

     
  • Barrington 5th-grader mines success with gamer novel Jun 12, 2014 6:09 AM
    Most students don’t see summer break as an opportunity to work on their next novel, but Jake Mayer of Barrington is not your average 11-year-old. Jake’s first book, “A Story of Friends, Enemies and Minecraft,” has sold more than 14,000 copies on Amazon.com. “It hasn’t changed Jake at all,” his mom Kris said. “It has always just surprised him that he has fans.”

     
  • Popular events combine for Barrington expo Jun 12, 2014 5:58 PM
    The Barrington High School gymnasium will be full Saturday with about 100 exhibitors, including restaurants, businesses and school district programs, for the inaugural Barrington BizEd Community Expo. The event is the largest collaboration between the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and Barrington Area Unit School District 220.

     
  • Laptops stolen from Barrington High School storage closet Jun 10, 2014 10:33 PM
    Police are investigating the theft of 59 MacBook Air computers from a locked storage closet at Barrington High School.

     
  • Students and sex images Jun 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    Within a month, four schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been charged.

     
  • School districts take action after sexting, porn incidents Jun 9, 2014 9:30 PM
    Within months, four elementary and middle schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been criminally charged. The districts have responded by trying to educate students about the appropriate use of the Internet and social meda.

     
  • Barrington student video bids fond farewell to superintendent/video star Jun 5, 2014 6:32 PM
    Tom Leonard, the longtime superintendent of Barrington Area Unit School District 220, received a fond farewell during his last appearance in a BHS-TV video promoted in his final e-newsletter on Thursday.

     
  • Parents voice concerns over class size in Dist. 220 Jun 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    A standing-room-only crowd attended a special meeting Tuesday night of the Barrington Area Unit School District 220 board dedicated to address parents’ concerns about large class sizes in the district’s elementary schools.

     
  • Barrington school acts after boys caught playing ‘hanging game’ Jun 4, 2014 7:31 PM
    Two boys who played “the hanging game” in a bathroom at Countryside Elementary School in Barrington were spared serious harm thanks to the swift action of their peers and adults at the school Tuesday, officials said. “It wasn’t a tragedy because students alerted adults when they saw something that they saw was unsafe,” District 220 spokesman Jeff Arnett said. “The adults intervened immediately to make sure the children did not endure physical harm.”

     
  • The Soapbox May 31, 2014 5:01 AM
    Find out what Daily Herald editors think about some pending legislation, a superintendent shuffle and the condition of suburban roads, among other topics.

     
  • Barrington area meets new District 220 superintendent May 31, 2014 8:00 AM
    Barrington Unit District 220’s newly appointed Superintendent Brian Harris wasted no time Friday getting reacquainted with the community he previously served as an assistant principal during the 1990s. Just a day after being named to succeed the departing Tom Leonard, Harris attended a breakfast for graduating Barrington High School seniors before moving on to a pair of receptions — one for district staff and the other for community leaders.

     
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