referendum

Overview

  • 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 our Students for Success
    • Create Community Spaces for Arts and Athletics
    • Maintain our School Buildings 

    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
    • Modernize and improve classrooms in all schools
    • Renovate kitchen and cafeterias at all schools
    • Build a new 800 seat fine arts center/auditorium at Barrington High School
    • Create additional parking and improve traffic flow at Barrington High School
    • Improve PE/Athletic facilities at Barrington High School
    • Renovate the library at Barrington High School
    • Renovate Student Services spaces (counseling, attendance, health services, dean’s office) at Barrington High School
    • Add sensory/therapy rooms at all elementary schools to support students with special needs and students who require movement/sensory breaks throughout the school day.
    • Expand parking lots and improving traffic flow at Countryside, Grove, Lines and North Barrington Elementary Schools

    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.