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  • New Barrington District 220 kindergarten plan doesn't make half-days transfer Oct 22, 2014 6:02 AM
    A proposed fee-based full-day kindergarten program at Barrington Area Unit School District 220 no longer would transfer half-day kindergarten students out of the elementary schools, officials said Tuesday.

  • Dist. 220 superintendent waging battle against state funding cuts Oct 16, 2014 6:27 PM
    The new superintendent of Barrington Area Unit School District 220 is raising the alarm against a proposed state measure he claims would cost his district more funding than any other in Lake County. Superintendent Brian Harris said the district would lose $5.4 million annually if the measure passes.

  • BHS seeks local nonprofit to benefit from spring fundraiser Oct 13, 2014 6:18 PM
    A student committee is searching for which local nonprofit organization should receive the proceeds of one of Barrington High School’s largest fundraising campaigns. The BHS “IT” Campaign is an all-school fundraiser that raises money for local nonprofit organizations.

  • Dist. 220 to buy 33 acres near Barrington High Oct 8, 2014 9:27 PM
    The Barrington Area Unit School District 220 board entered into a contract this week to acquire more than 33 acres across Hart Road from Barrington High School. District officials say they have no immediate plans for the site, which is costing $2.35 million. “Such (real estate) needs did not appear in the budget approved last month, and that budget was characterized as challenging and tight,” one opponent said.

  • Barrington Dist. 220 gives early support to all-day kindergarten Oct 8, 2014 10:43 AM
    The Barrington Area Unit School District 220 board gave its support Tuesday night for a plan that would offer tuition-based full-day kindergarten starting in the 2015-2016 school year. The board did not vote on the plan but directed staff members to continue to develop the program. According to the plan laid out by Linda Klobucher, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, the full-day program would cost parents around $4,500 for the school year, or around $125 per week. The district offers a free half-day kindergarten program to all district students now. Under the proposed plan, two classrooms at each of the district elementary schools would be converted to suit the new full-day program. If each of the kindergarten classrooms was filled with full-day program students, then the half-day students would be bused to the district’s Early Learning Center at 40 E. Dundee Road in Barrington. Board President Brian Battle said declining district enrollment has given the district the classroom space to offer full-day kindergarten. Several board members expressed concern that if enrollment were to pick back up in the future, they would have to restrict or eliminate the new program. Board member Wendy Farley said the plan had her unconditional support. “I understand the possible future space constraints, but we’ve got the space now, so let’s go,” Farley said. “It is a well-thought-out plan and has a lot of options for a lot of different people.” Board member Richard Burkhart said he supported the plan but expressed concern that moving half-day students to the Early Learning Center would send the message to the community that the board didn’t value the neighborhood school motto. “The cohesiveness of the community starts there and ends there at graduation at Willow Creek. And I know I have friends that I found in kindergarten the first day,” Burkhart said. “You can’t put a dollar figure on that.” Superintendent Brian Harris said one variable that won’t likely be known until much later is the number of people who will enroll their child in the program. He said the plan has flexibility built in to it. Klobucher said if the interest exceeds the number of seats the district plans to have available next year, around 626 seats, they would implement a lottery system or first-come, first-served policy. Several members of the district’s kindergarten staff attended the meeting and most had smiles on their faces as they left the meeting. “The parents that I’ve talked to are really in favor of full-day kindergarten,” said Tim Gapp, kindergarten teacher at North Barrington Elementary School. This is the first of several discussions the board will have on the full-day kindergarten program before a final vote. Copies of the slideshow presented at the meeting and the memo outlining the plan are available on the district’s website.

  • Roslyn Road dedicates new Outdoor Learning Center Oct 7, 2014 5:59 PM
    The new Outdoor Learning Center at Roslyn Road Elementary School was dedicated at a ceremony Monday night with the snip of a pair of oversized scissors held by Principal Paul Kirk and several Roslyn students. The new space features an outdoor classroom outfitted with chalkboards, benches and a overhead sun screen to shield learning minds from UV rays. “The goal is that the OLC will be used by all classrooms, for activities formal and informal, in order to bring a richer understanding and appreciation of our natural world,” Kirk said.

  • Barrington student attempts to harm self at school Sep 18, 2014 7:43 PM
    A student tried to hurt him or herself during an after-school program at Station Middle School in Barrington on Thursday, but officials said a student who walked in on the incident likely saved the classmates’ life. "Anytime there is a situation where a student has tried to cause self-harm we want to use that as an opportunity to remind the community that there are options if a student is inclined to hurt him or herself. We want to use this as a learning opportunity,” said Spokesman Jeff Arnett.

  • Davis Cup players take time out for local youth Sep 15, 2014 12:15 PM
    As some of the best U.S. tennis players gathered in the Northwest suburbs this past weekend for Davis Cup matches at the Sears Centre, they didn’t forget an important constituency: youth players from the area. Team USA held a Davis Cup Fun Day at the South Barrington Club, where nearly 300 young players from tennis clubs throughout the suburbs met some of the best players in the country and had fun playing tennis.

  • It’s time for NSDAR American History Essay Contest Sep 12, 2014 9:40 PM
    Signal Hill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Barrington, is again sponsoring an American History Essay Contest for fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in Barrington and surrounding area’s public, private or parochial schools, including the homeschooled.

  • Northwest suburban high schools make Daily Beast list Sep 4, 2014 4:53 PM
    Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows high schools have been named to The Daily Beast’s list of top high schools for 2014.

  • 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.

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