referendum

Overview

  • 4-3-19 UPDATE
    Please click here to read a letter Dr. Brian Harris sent to the community regarding the results of the April 2 referendum. 


    At its Dec. 17, 2018 meeting, the Barrington 220 Board of Education adopted a resolution to place a $185 million referendum question on the ballot for the April 2, 2019 general election.

    Referendum Priorities:

    • Improve Safety and Security at our Schools
    • Update Classrooms to Prepare Students for Success
    • Maintain Community's Investment in our School Buildings 
    • Update Educational/Community Spaces for Arts and Athletics

    In general, the funds would be used to:

    • Improve safety and security at all Barrington 220 schools
    • Eliminate mobile classrooms at BMS-Station, BMS-Prairie and Grove Avenue Elementary
    • Repair and renovate aging building conditions such as heating, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing and roofs
    • Update and improve classrooms in all schools by creating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) spaces, adding flexible furniture
    • Expand parking lots to improve safety and traffic flow at pick-up/drop-off zones at Barrington High School
    • Expand parking lots to improve safety and traffic flow at pick-up/drop-off zones at Countryside, Grove, Lines and North Barrington (pending approval by IDOT, villages and counties)
    • Create classroom space at all elementary schools to support students with special needs and students who require movement/sensory breaks throughout the school day.
    • Build new 800 seat fine arts center/auditorium at Barrington High School
    • Improve PE/athletic facilities at Barrington High School
    • Renovate kitchen/cafeteria space at all schools
    • Renovate Student Services spaces (counseling, attendance, health services, dean’s office) at Barrington High School

      For more details on the projects at each school, click here.

    To view an itemized list of the estimated costs for each project, click here.

    Background

    The Board’s decision to put a $185 million referendum question on the April 2, 2019 ballot was made after a two year community effort called “Blueprint 220”. This Included many community engagement sessions, which led to the development of a $500 million master facility plan for the district. The master facility plan identifies a variety of Barrington 220's needs over the next 20 years. A $185 million referendum would address those needs which the community has indicated are most critical at this time.