The board continued discussing the possibilities for changing school start times at its June 7 meeting. The board heard three potential scenarios for start- and -end times across all grade levels as well as a new flexible scheduling option for Barrington High School students. Learn more about the proposals here.
The three proposals take into consideration the implementation of bus efficiencies and re-drawing the middle school boundaries.
The board will continue to discuss the possibilities for school start times before making a final decision this fall. When approved, a change in start- and -end times will go into effect for the 2017-18 school year.
POLICY UPDATES TO STUDENT DISCIPLINE AND SAFETY
The board heard proposed revisions to student discipline and safety policies at its June 7 meeting. These policies set parameters for out-of-school suspensions, expulsion and behavior procedures that align with recently enacted Senate Bill 100, which legally must be implemented by the first day of school. The policy committee has been carefully reviewing and revising all board policies over the last several months. Recommended policy updates will be presented to the board for approval through early fall, with final approvals occurring on Sept. 20.
The board heard an update on elementary enrollment projections at its June 7 meeting. Currently, there is a slight increase in enrollment in the elementary grades, primarily at the kindergarten level. Most elementary classrooms remain within the board-approved class size guidelines. The board and administration monitor class sizes daily during the summer as projections become actual numbers by the first day of school. The school district will be responsive to any fluctuating enrollments and will do everything possible within the budget to adjust staffing where necessary so class sizes remain within guidelines.
EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION ENHANCES COMMUNITY LEARNING
At its June 7 meeting, the board heard a presentation from the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation on the many ways they support student and community learning opportunities. The Foundation has funded and supported programs like BHS-TV, Elementary STEM, Business Incubator, Project Lead the Way at both middle schools and many more. The board expressed its sincere appreciation to the Foundation for its hard work and generosity. Learn more about the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation here.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETES NAMED STATE CHAMPIONS
Two middle school track athletes were recognized by the board at its June 7 meeting for earning state championship titles at the IESA state meet. Molly Fitzpatrick, a 7th grade student at Station Campus, won the 800-meter run and placed 4th in the 1,600 meter run. Ryan Smith, a 7th grade student at Prairie Campus, earned first place in the 400-meter run. Station and Prairie track coaches spoke highly of Molly and Ryan's work ethic and dedication to both athletics and academics.
REALTORS INVITED TO OPEN HOUSE AT ELC
Barrington 220 is hosting a Realtor Open House at the Early Learning Center Thursday, June 16 from 9-11 a.m. Area Realtors are invited to tour our newest building, learn about our new interactive attendance boundary map and hear recent school success stories. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by clicking here.