Board of Education
An update from Barrington 220: September 16, 2020
Dr. Harris shares metrics for return to in-person learning
At the Sept. 15 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Harris shared a presentation on the metrics which will be used to determine when large groups of students can return to in-person learning. Based on recommendations from a district committee which consulted with medical and public health professionals, Barrington 220 will use five metrics. Each metric will help determine which of the above four steps the district is currently in. The five metrics include the following:

  • Metric 3: PPE and Sanitation Supply

  • Metric 4: Licensed Staff Return Rate

  • Metric 5: Non-Licensed Staff Return Rate

In order to determine the district’s current step, all metrics must be met for a minimum of 10 days, following the trends over that period of time.

  • Example 1: All metrics are in Step 3 for 10 days: the district is in Step 3
  • Example 2: Most metrics are in Step 3 for 10 days, except for one metric in Step 2: the district is in Step 2

The metrics status will be updated every week on Monday afternoon. You will be able to view the updated metrics by visiting this dedicated webpage. Keep in mind, all families will receive notice well in advance of any shift in steps. 

Please watch the video below to listen to Dr. Harris explain the metrics in depth at the Board meeting.
  • Next two weeks: Finalize Hybrid plan for each level.
  • Oct. 6 Board meeting: share district's metric status and Hybrid plans
  • Oct. 7-Oct. 20:
  • Conduct family survey (Distance Learning or Hybrid)
  • Resolve operational and staffing issues
  • Oct. 20 Board meeting: verify metrics
  • Oct. 26: "Target" Hybrid start date for all levels

*Please note, this timeline may be accelerated if possible.
Board approves FY21 budget
At the Sept. 15 meeting, Board members approved a balanced budget for the 24th consecutive year. In anticipation of how the pandemic may impact projected revenue, the budget reflects $1,000,000 in expenditure reductions. It is likely an amended budget will need to be adopted once there is a clearer picture of the pandemic's financial impact. Barrington 220 continues to maintain fiscal responsibility and earn a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor's.
New classroom addition to replace mobile classrooms at Grove
At its Sept. 15 meeting, Board members discussed the appropriate location for the district's elementary classroom addition.

As you may recall, one of the major referendum projects is eliminating the mobile classrooms at Grove Avenue Elementary. However, the Board never indicated which elementary school a new classroom addition would be constructed at.

When considering building design, estimated construction costs, student enrollment, and school boundary assignments, Grove Avenue Elementary is the recommended choice for the elementary classroom addition.

The district is beginning elementary referendum work at Grove in order to prioritize safety and security at that building, which includes the elimination of the mobile classrooms. Design work on all other elementary schools will happen in phases, tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2021.
Barrington 220 Board of Education
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