The board held a detailed discussion regarding three proposed changes to school start times at its June 21 meeting. The proposals include changing start- and -end times across all grade levels and a flexible scheduling option for Barrington High School.
All three options take into consideration the implementation of bus efficiencies and re-drawing the boundaries of both middle schools.
The board is committed to finding a solution to the school start time problem that aligns with the research-based sleep needs of all students and also makes sense for the Barrington community. 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 in the 2017-18 school year.
NEW BARRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CUSTODIAL CONTRACT
The board of education approved a five-year custodial contract for Barrington High School at its June 21 meeting. The lowest responsible bidder selected was GCA Services Group. The total cost is slightly higher than the current year's contract, but contains a $10 per hour minimum wage requirement for GCA's employees. The new contract goes into effect July 1.
NEW ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS AT BHS, CENTRAL OFFICE
At its June 21 meeting, the board approved the appointments of Mitchell Beck as the Barrington High School English Department Chair, and Dr. Becky Gill as the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary & Operations. Mitchell is currently a Barrington High School English Teacher and also holds to role of Summer School Principal. Dr. Gill is currently the Director of Elementary Curriculum & Instruction and has formerly held roles as Hough Street Elementary School Principal and Director of Extended Services. Their new roles will go into effect on July 1.
POLICY UPDATES TO STUDENT DISCIPLINE AND SAFETY
The board approved revisions to student discipline and safety policies at its June 21 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.
SUMMER SCHOOL PERFORMANCE OF HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, JR.
The Barrington 220 Fine Arts Department is offering a musical theatre course for students entering grades 6-10 this summer. The 125 students participating in the production of Disney's High School Musical, Jr. are learning about acting, improvisation, work behind the scenes, dance and music. The students will perform High School Musical, Jr. at 7 p.m.June 29 and 30 in the BHS Auditorium. Purchase tickets here.