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  • Illinois Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, introduces an education funding reform bill at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

    Study: Suburban schools could lose or gain if income tax dropsApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Most suburban school districts would see cuts in funding if the state’s temporary income tax increase is rolled back as scheduled, according to a state board of education figures circulated by Illinois Democrats. But a few suburban districts, such as in Wauconda, Carpentersville and even Barrington, would actually receive substantially more money.

  • Bill Palmer addresses his students in his Resources in Interpersonal Communications class at Barrington High School. Palmer dropped out of Barrington High 46 years ago and uses his experience to help his students avoid making the same mistake he did.

    Barrington High educator goes from dropout to teacherApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Bill Palmer tells the at-risk students he teaches and counsels at Barrington High School that he understands where they are coming from, they should believe him — because when he was their age, he dropped out of Barrington High School. “I don't know if being a teacher anywhere else would have given me that same sense of belonging, meaning and purpose from helping young people,” he says.

  • District 220 parents have plenty to say about class sizesApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Around 30 parents voiced their concerns about projected class sizes at elementary schools in Barrington Unit District 220 during a school board meeting Monday afternoon. What was scheduled to be 15 minutes of public comment ended up dragging on for nearly two hours as parents, board members and administrators spoke — at times, over each other — about the issue.

  • No decision on charges in Barrington ‘sexting’ caseApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Barrington police said Friday that their ongoing investigation of “sexting” among some Barrington middle school students is at too early a stage to determine whether criminal charges will be pursued.

  • Editorial: School using controversy as a teaching momentApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial praises the sensitive handling of a sexting controversy at a Barrington middle school.

  • Search is on for next Barrington superintendentApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The search for a new superintendent for Barrington Community Unit School District 220 will begin Monday with the first of four, and potentially many more, closed-door school board meetings. On Tuesday, the board announced that Superintendent Tom Leonard would be taking a superintendent job at a school district in Austin, Texas.

  • Representatives of Barrington 220 accept Citizens for Conservation’s highest award, The William H. Miller Conservation Award in recognition of outstanding conservation efforts within the Barrington area. Pictured, from left, are: Dr. Becky Gill-Schultz, District 220 director of elementary curriculum; Sharon Kranz, District 220 instructional coach; Keira King, fourth grade student at Hough Street School; and Dr. Anne Grall-Reichel, the educational researcher who helped develop the program.

    Barrington District 220 receives conservation award for curriculumApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    At its recent annual meeting Citizens for Conservation gave its highest award, the William H. Miller Conservation Award, to Barrington School District 220. This award is presented annually to an individual, group or organization that has shown outstanding conservation efforts within the Barrington community.

  • Police investigating sexting at Barrington middle schoolApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Police and school officials are investigating sexting at a Barrington middle school after inappropriate images of a student were shared among a small circle of other students via text. “They obviously didn’t realize the gravity of what they were doing,” spokesman Jeff Arnett said. “Right now the focus is on making sure they get all the support they need.”

  • Barrington Unit District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard, left, is leaving the district in June to take the same post with a school system in Austin, Texas, school officials announced Tuesday. The school board will immediately begin a search for his successor.

    Barrington District 220 superintendent Leonard leaving in JuneApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Barrington Unit District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard is leaving the district in June to take the same post with the Eanes Independent School District in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, school officials announced Tuesday. “I thought I was staying in Barrington,” said Leonard, “but a recruiting firm started talking to me maybe a month and a half ago and told me about this district in Texas. It has a lot of similarities to Barrington. It seemed like the right time to turn the page.”

  • Shreya Mangalam, 10, of South Barrington, studies her opponent Matthew Li during the Illinois K-8 Chess Championships at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg last month. Shreya placed first in her age group.

    Barrington chess champ among nation’s best young playersApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Playing chess is all about being like a fox, 10-year-old Shreya Mangalam likes to say. “I always try to do tricks that people can’t really see,” said Shreya, a fifth-grader from South Barrington. The tactic has paid off for Shreya, who is the top-rated female chess player under 16 in Illinois, and the third-rated girl under the age of 10 in the entire country.

  • Golden Apple teaching award finalists namedApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Golden Apple Thursday announced 32 finalists for the 2014 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The finalists were selected from a pool of 620 nominations and 272 applicants of fourth through eighth grade teachers in the metropolitan area.

  • Peter Chmiel

    Barrington middle schooler to compete in state geography beeApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Peter Chmiel is on a mission: to represent Illinois in the finals of the National Geographic Geography Bee. That’s why, Peter, an eighth grader at Station Middle School in Barrington, has spent countless hours studying questions like “What is the term for the triangular deposit of sediment sometimes found at the mouth of a river?” and “The Danakil Depression is one of the lowest points of which continent?”

  • Enrollment drop leads to staff cuts in District 220Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    To accommodate for falling enrollment, 11 full-time teaching and 16.5 support staff positions will be eliminated next school year at Barrington Unit District 220 elementary schools, according to the district. Elementary grades have experienced a 14 percent drop since 2009.

  • Matt Fuller

    District 220 names administrators for laptop programApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Barrington Unit School District 220 school board approved changes to a pair of district administrator positions Tuesday night in advance of the one-to-world laptop program that will put a computer in the hands of every Barrington High School student in the fall.

  • From left, Kathy Boyle, Signal Hill Chapter regent; Gloria Flathom, District IV director; Christina Miller, fifth-grade district and state winner; Gayla Steel, District IV History chairman; and Joyce Wright, Signal Hill Chapter historian at the District IV Youth Day Awards March 7.

    Barrington fifth-grader’s essay takes 1st at state DAR competitionMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    An essay written by 5th grade Grove Avenue student Christina Miller was submitted to the annual Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest, hosted by the Signal Hill Chapter DAR, winning first place, locally, regionally and at state. “I enjoyed writing the essay because I got to see what it would be like to be a child in the Revolutionary War,” Christina said.

  • Barrington District 220 will give iPads, laptops to all studentsMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Barrington Unit School District 220 has signed a contract with Apple that will provide iPads or laptop computers to most district students starting this fall, the school board announced this week. Board President Brian Battle said board members believe the program is worth the expense, which is $980,227 in the first year.

  • A year after losing his foot, and nearly his life, when he was struck by a train in downtown Barrington, 12-year-old Dominic Syzmanski is adjusting to a new prosthetic foot and maintaining the good humor that helped him through his ordeal. “He’s always stayed positive,” says his mother, Gayle Syzmanski.

    Barrington boy adjusts to lost footMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s been a year since Dominic Syzmanski lost his left foot - and very nearly his life - when struck by a train in downtown Barrington. Today, Dominic, now 12, is mostly back to being the same fun-loving kid he was before the accident, while continuing to adjust to living with a prosthetic foot. “Dominic has done a remarkable job in his recovery,” Ryan Caldwell, his prosthetist, said.

  • Dist. 220, support staff ratify new contractMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    After almost a full year of negotiations, the Barrington Area Unit District 220 board on Monday ratified a new contract for support staff that includes yearly 2 percent pay increases.

  • The anonymous nature of the app Yik Yak has sparked fears it can become a vehicle for harmful comments or bullying.

    Schools raise concerns about social app Yik YakMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the wake of concerns raised by city and suburban high schools, a new social-networking app that allows users to post comments anonymously has reportedly been shut down temporarily in the Chicago area. The makers of Yik Yak said that while the app is disabled they will look for ways to ensure it is not used in high schools or middle schools.

  • 400 Education Leaders Climbed the Hill for Education/TrainingMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Today, it is more imperative than ever for Illinois and the nation to invest in education.

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