At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Barrington 220 Board of Education was presented with revised start time scenarios based upon newly implemented school bus transportation tracking software and the ongoing review of current practice. View the updated scenarios here.
The board of education has been engaged in the start the conversation since May of 2015 to create optimal time for student learning. For more information on research and and presentations surrounding the start time topic, visit this website.
Several start time-related decisions were made by the board of education at its Sept. 20 meeting.
Middle school boundaries will not change. After reviewing the data provided by the new transportation software, estimated transportation efficiencies and cost savings by changing the middle school boundaries were not as extensive as previously anticipated. Therefore, the board chose not to consider a change.
Barrington High School will use a fixed eight-period schedule next school year. If the board decides to change start times for 2017-18, a proposed fixed eight-period schedule similar to the current schedule used at BHS will be utilized. In order to make program and operational changes necessary to implement the FlexPath model, the administration asked for more time to ensure a smooth transition.
A survey will be distributed to the community as early as next week. The electronic survey will be available to staff, parents, students and community members. Results from the survey will be one of several factors considered by the board when making its final decision.
Town hall meetings will be held in October. Community members will have the opportunity to talk with the board of education at the following town hall special meetings:
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m., Langendorf Park Building
Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., Barrington High School Guidance Resource Center
The board will continue to discuss the start time options at regularly scheduled and special board meetings through September and October before making a decision on Nov. 1.
Monday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Barrington High School (Special meeting)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Barrington High School (Regular meeting)
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Barrington High School (Regular meeting)
Monday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Barrington High School (Special meeting, if needed)
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Barrington High School (Regular meeting)
If the board decides to make a change in school start times, it would go into effect for the 2017-18 school year. For more information on the start time conversation, please visit barrington220.org/starttimes.