February 1, 2022
At the Jan. 31 Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to implement situational masking in grades K-12 IF / WHEN Governor Pritzker’s executive order is lifted and / or a temporary restraining order (TRO) is in place that allows for local control, assuming building positivity rates remain manageable. When this happens, the Superintendent of Schools will communicate a date and expectations for when the transition to situational masking will occur. 
District leaders will use these four factors to guide decision making on when to increase or decrease mitigation strategies. Building Transmission Levels will be the primary factor. The below graphic provides an overview of guidelines in which various levels of masking may be used. It is important to note that the district will need to have the ability to increase mitigations, including masking, if there is a significant rise in cases within a classroom, grade level, club, sport or activity.
Click here to view Dr. Hunt’s full presentation to the Board. You can also listen to the discussion beginning at 23:14 and 3:04:02 in the meeting video.
Student fees to remain flat next school year
At the Jan. 31 Board meeting, the Board approved student fees for the 2022-23 school year. The fees will remain the same as this school year except in three areas:

  • The PK and kindergarten technology fee will change from $28 to $90, since these students now receive an iPad to take home with them.

  • The $12 Executive Functioning Folder Fee at the middle school level will be eliminated, since a digital format will be used moving forward.

  • Barrington High School is adding a new course, Calculus III. This course offers college credit from the University of Illinois and requires a $399 registration fee for access to course content.

To learn more about student fees, click here.
Board approves revised 2022-23 academic calendar
At the Jan. 31 Board meeting, the Board approved a revision to the 2022-23 academic calendar. Barrington 220 will be closed on November 8, 2022 in accordance with SB 825, which marks this day (General Election Day) as a state school holiday. This means the last day of school for the 2022-23 school year will be on June 1, 2023, unless there are make-up days at the end of the year. Click here to view the revised 2022-23 calendar.
Board renews Barrington Transportation contract
At the Jan. 31 Board meeting, the Board approved a contract renewal with Barrington Transportation Company, which operates all Barrington 220 school buses. The new contract ends in the summer of 2024. The rate for the 2022-23 school year will increase by 5.4% over the current school year rate. The rate for the 2023-24 school year will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index for FY23 (no higher than 5% and no lower than 3.5%). The increase in costs is driven by the costs of gas, labor, liability insurance and vehicles.
During his Superintendent's Report at the Board meeting, Dr. Hunt also shared that BTC and Barrington 220 have been awarded $230,625 to help purchase an electric school bus for the district. The money comes from a $4.2 million grant that was awarded to school districts and student transportation companies in Illinois. It allows districts to provide an eco-friendly transportation option for students. The money awarded to Barrington will cover approximately 66% to 75% of the cost for one electric bus.
Board approves new One-to-World lease
At the Jan. 31 Board meeting, the Board approved a new three-year agreement with Apple Inc. to continue Barrington 220's One to World Program, which provides iPad devices to all Barrington 220 students. In December, the Department of Technology & Innovation presented the Board with the results of a six month device study, which reaffirmed that the iPad is the best learning device for D220 students.
Board approves Student Services Department Chair at BHS
At the Jan. 31 Board meeting, the Board approved Ken Hoving as the BHS Department Chair of Student Services. Hoving has been serving as the interim Department Chair since July 2021. He has been with Barrington 220 for the past 17 years, previously serving as the Assistant Department Chair and teacher. Hoving has a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Illinois University, a master's degree in teaching and leadership from St. Xavier University, and a master's degree in advance special education from Concordia University.
D220 to embark on strategic planning process
At the Jan. 31 Board meeting, the Board approved a contract with Hazard Young Attea & Associates (HYA), an educational consulting firm which will work with the district to facilitate the strategic planning process over the coming months. The process will involve multiple forms of community engagement. By the end of June this process will culminate in the creation of a learner profile, mission, vision and strategic priorities for the district. This will serve as the foundation of the next phase in the process, which will include action planning in each strategic priority.
Social emotional learning survey results
At the Jan. 31 Board meeting, Beth Jones, the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Support, presented the results of a social emotional learning survey conducted by Barrington 220 in collaboration with Hanover Research in September 2021. The survey was made available to students in grades 6-12, parents, and staff. The survey presents findings in the following areas: physical health, mental health, social emotional learning and current services the district offers. Click here to view the full presentation. You can listen to the report beginning at 3:35:35 in the meeting video.