At its July 19 meeting, the board of education discussed adjustments to bus pick-up and drop-off procedures for students beginning this fall.
In order to increase bus efficiencies and decrease transportation costs, students may be required to walk a short distance to a neighborhood bus stop, with exception to early childhood and some special education students. Grade level-specific maximum walking distances and safety considerations are detailed here.
More detailed information on bus schedules and pick-up locations will be communicated to families in August.
Board examines 3 potential start time options
At its July 19 meeting, the board of education discussed three proposed changes to school start- and -end times across all grade levels. The considerations are being made in an effort to align school times with adolescent sleep research.
The proposals include a variance of start-and -end times and the choice of a flexible or fixed schedule for Barrington High School. All 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 research-based sleep needs of all students, while also meeting the needs of the Barrington community. Discussion will continue through fall before a final decision is made by the start of November. When approved, a change in start- and -end times will go into effect in the 2017-18 school year.
Balanced budget proposed for fiscal year 2017
At its July 19 meeting, the board heard a presentation on budget expectations for the upcoming school year.
Administration anticipates a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2017, including a slight increase in state funding. Also reflected in the proposed budget are recent cost reduction and energy conservation efforts. A public hearing on the proposed budget will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The final budget will be approved Sept. 20.
Save the date for Alumni Legends 2016: Beyond the Studio
The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation's annual Alumni Legends event this year is a celebration of BHS-TV's 10-year anniversary. Save the date for Alumni Legends: Beyond the Studio on Thursday, Sept. 29. There will be a BHS-TV studio open house followed by a presentation in the BHS Auditorium. A reception at the Barrington White House will take place later in the evening. Tickets will be available online soon.
Barrington 220 named "District of Distinction"
Barrington 220 has received the prestigious honor of being named a District of Distinction by District Administration Magazine. One of only 24 districts nationwide, the recognition focuses on Barrington 220's unique elementary STEM and entrepreneurship programs that create curious learners. Learn more about the recognition here.
Special Olympics unified soccer team practices begin Aug. 8
The Barrington Special Olympics soccer team is still accepting new team members for the season beginning Aug. 8. Special Olympics athletes will play with typical developing peers as teammates. Practices take place on Monday evenings at Lines Elementary School. No soccer experience is necessary. For more information, contact Shandra Nosal.
Cook County seeks election judges for November 8
Cook County is seeking suburban community members and high school students to serve as election judges for the Nov. 8 presidential election. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and registered voters to participate. High school juniors and seniors are also encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.