June 16, 2021
D220 to conduct One to World device study
At the June 15 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Matt Fuller, Assistant Superintendent of Technology & Innovation, gave a presentation to the Board with a series of options to study various technology devices for Barrington 220 students and staff moving forward. The iPad is currently meeting the educational needs of the district as its primary learning device for the One to World program in Grades PK–12. The MacBook Air laptop is also used as a secondary device by teachers, staff, and administrators, as well as in selected programs. However, with approximately one year before a major planned iPad refresh, now is the time for Barrington 220 to consider new devices and/or reaffirm the iPad as the district's primary learning device. The Board decided to pursue study Option 1, which will consist of formal research, data gathering, site visits, and interviews with educators at other school districts using three different types of devices: Chromebook, Surface, and M1 MacBook Air. Comparisons will be made with similar Barrington 220 classes using the iPad. You can view the One to World discussion beginning at 1:01:43 in the Board meeting video. 
Board approves new Director of Elementary Student Services
At the June 15 Board meeting, the Board approved Jordan Anderson as the district's new Director of Student Services/Elementary. Anderson comes to Barrington 220 from Woodland School District 50 where she has served as an Assistant Principal and Director of Summer Programming for the past five years. She previously worked as a 5th grade teacher in Kildeer Countryside School District 96 and Cary School District 26. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an LSB1 Endorsement in Special Education from Trinity Christian College. She obtained two master's degrees, one in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Xavier University and another in Educational Administration from Concordia University. Anderson is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education and Leadership at Concordia University. She will begin in her new role on July 1.
Board approves new District Nursing Coordinator
At the June 15 Board meeting, the Board approved Bridget Heroff as Barrington 220's new District Nursing Coordinator. Heroff comes to Barrington 220 from Round Lake Area Schools, where she has served as the district's Lead Nurse for the past six years. She has also worked as a clinical instructor for pediatrics and community health in acute care and the school setting through Chamberlain College of Nursing. Prior to her career in education, Heroff was the Assistant Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Alexius Medical Center. She received her bachelor's degree in Nursing and her School Nurse Certification from Lewis University. She received her master's degree in Nursing Education from Benedictine University. She begins in her new role on July 1.
Board approves amended 20-21 budget
At the June 15 Board meeting, the Board approved an amended budget for the 2020-21 school year. The budget was adopted by the Board last September, however the evolving pandemic created unforeseen financial needs that required changes. While local revenue was less than expected, overall expenditures (such as transportation, salaries) were also less than expected. Therefore, the district is looking at a larger than budgeted surplus. Click here to view the entire amended budget presentation from the April 20 Board meeting.
Board thanks Dr. Harris before his retirement
The June 15 Board meeting marked Dr. Harris' last meeting before he retires at the end of the month, and the Board thanked him for serving the past seven years as Barrington 220's Superintendent of Schools. During his time as Superintendent, Dr. Harris helped launch several major initiatives across the district, some of which include: extended day kindergarten, the One to World program, blended learning, new start times at all 12 Barrington 220 schools and the Blueprint 220 master facilities plan. In addition, Dr. Harris led the school district’s information campaign for a $147 million bond measure, which was approved by the community in March 2020. You can view the thank you beginning at 3:12 in the Board meeting video and listen to Dr. Harris' reflections about his time in Barrington 220 beginning at at 38:53 in the video.
Photo: Board members present Dr. Harris with an engraved shovel that was used in the Build 220 groundbreaking ceremony at Station Middle School last month.