A LETTER FROM THE BARRINGTON 220 BOARD OF EDUCATION
Dear Barrington 220 Community Members:
In 2008, the Barrington 220 community identified our schools' start times as a priority of the board of education's Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan. Last year, many of our friends and neighbors volunteered to serve on the Input 220 Advisory Committee to study the growing research on school start times. Over the last six months, in collaboration with the Barrington 220 administration and staff, the board of education has developed three start time scenarios that we believe are a good fit for our community.
The options being considered represent a different start time sequence for our educational levels. View the start time options here.
We have targeted Nov. 1 to make our final decision for implementation in next school year, 2017-18.
Now is the time for us to engage in a series of community conversations to help inform our board decision.
We are asking you to provide your perspective on this very important decision that will impact both the education of our children as well as the daily routines of our community.
You may share your opinion to the board of education in three ways:
1. Take the survey before 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
2. Attend one of the board meetings
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Barrington High School (Regular meeting)
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Langendorf Park (Special town hall meeting)
Thursday, Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m., Barrington High School (Special town hall meeting)
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Barrington High School (Regular meeting)
3. Email the board with your thoughts
This has been a long journey with many different ideas and options being considered. In preparation for this final stage of the process, we have made several important decisions designed to focus our conversation.
Barrington High School will use a fixed eight-period schedule next school year, even if start times are adjusted.
If start times are changed, the length of the high school day will be slightly adjusted by two minutes per period.
Middle school boundaries will not change.
The financial impact of changing start times can be managed within our existing operating budget.
We believe these three scenarios being considered possess educational and community benefits over our existing start time schedule.
More information can be found on our frequently asked questions page. We look forward to a productive series of community conversations. Thank you for your participation in this very important decision.