Blueprint 220 is a long-term master facility plan for the school district that aims to address a variety of our school district’s needs over the next 20 years. Introduced by the Board of Education in January 2017, the Blueprint 220 initiative was led by a group of stakeholders consisting of Barrington 220 administrators, teachers, parents, board members, community members and representatives from architectural firm DLR Group. The goal of this “Blueprint 220 Core Team” was to determine how the district can continue preparing students to be successful after they graduate from Barrington High School. Together, they targeted the following four priority areas and began to consider how changing the design of Barrington 220 schools could improve teaching and learning in each area.
- Future-Ready Learning
- Fine, Visual & Performing Arts
- Physical Health & Wellness
- STEM & Career Pathways
After months of collaboration and community engagement sessions in Spring 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, the Blueprint 220 Core Team and the Board of Education created a $500 million master plan, which the board approved at its Sept. 4, 2018 meeting. The master plan contains several design possibilities for all Barrington 220 schools, that will enhance student learning in the four priority areas. It also contains important safety and security upgrades to each school and addresses the expected aging of our building infrastructure (i.e. HVAC systems).
Blueprint 220 gives our community the chance to:
FUTURE READY LEARNING
“This is about so much more than just updating furniture and facilities. It's about taking student learning to a whole new level, one that will truly prepare our students for the unknown future of our workforce.”-Heather Chvojka (BMS-Station Math Teacher)
"Teachers today have the unique challenge of preparing students to solve problems that don't even exist yet. Our STEM spaces should mirror our expectations for student learning and be places students can develop the cognitive competencies necessary for future success."
- Elizabeth Nelson, D220 K-5 STEM Teacher
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
"Our students have the interest, the knowledge and most importantly, the ability to achieve at high levels in the Arts. Our current facilities, however, are holding back their experiences to a time and era that is long gone."
-Alison Rohrbach, D220 Music Teacher
PHYSICAL HEALTH & WELLNESS
"Upgrading our athletic facilities with larger spaces and better equipment will give teachers and coaches greater opportunities to work more efficiently with our student-athletes. We want to maximize our students' talents and physical fitness levels."
- Mike Obsuszt, BHS Athletic Director