On Thursday, May 17 the Barrington 220 Board of Education will host the last of three meetings this month to seek community feedback on the Blueprint 220 master-facilities initiative. The meeting will start at 9:30am in the BMS-Station library.
In the plan, the board prioritized building renovations for our high school, middle schools and elementary schools. The priorities are based upon community feedback from meetings last fall, projected costs and the district’s four academic focus areas (Fine, Visual & Performing Arts, Future-Ready Learning, Physical Health and Wellness and STEM).
Priority levels build upon each other for a cumulative effect. For example, in the $250 million column, upgrades at the high school level include everything in the $80, $150 and $200 million columns. Upgrades at the middle school level include everything in the $80, $150 and $200 million columns, plus additional work listed in the $250 million column. Upgrades at the elementary level include everything in the $80, $150 and $200 million columns, plus additional work listed in the $250 million column.
Once the board gathers community feedback, it will finalize the plan, then vote to approve the long term master facility plan. If the plan is approved, the board would then move forward with funding decisions, which will ultimately be up to the community through referendum.
Refreshments will be served at Thursday's meeting!
Station student wins Infinitec Assitive Technology Award
At its May 15 meeting, the board of education recognized Carlos "Junior" Hernandez, a 6th grade student at BMS-Station, who is one of 12 students from across Illinois that received the 2018 Infinitec Outstanding Use of Assistive Technology Award. Due to his cerebral palsy, Junior is unable to speak verbally and uses an iPad with a core vocabulary based communication app on it to communicate. Congrats Junior!
Board recognizes BHS students with perfect ACT scores
At its May 15 meeting, BHS Principal Steve McWilliams introduced four high achieving students to the board of education. Congratulations to Ryan Cremer, Dillon Davey, Thomas Quig and Hari Ramakrishnan for receiving a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT exam! In addition, Ramakrishnan received a perfect 1600 on the SAT exam and he is one of 26 students worldwide to earn every possible point on the AP Microeconomics Exam.
Board approves new camera system for school buses
At its May 15 meeting, the board of education approved the installation of a new camera system on all district vehicles used to transport students. The new system will allow for school building administrators to quickly view video taken on school buses from any device.
Spanish Dual Language Program holds kindergarten graduation
At its May 15 meeting, Dr. Brian Harris shared pictures from last week's Spanish Dual Language Kindergarten Graduation. The ceremony took place at Roslyn Road Elementary, where the students will attend school next year. The program teaches students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. Special thanks to our students from the Latin American New Roots Dance Club at BHS for performing their classic Mexican folkloric dance at the ceremony!
Important end of the year dates
The end of the 2017-18 school year is approaching and it's a busy time in Barrington 220! Please mark the following dates on your calendars:
May 22: Innovation Showcase and INCubatoredu Pitch Night, 5pm-8:30 at BHS May 23: BMS-Prairie recognition ceremony at 7pm, BHS May 24: BMS-Station recognition ceremony at 7pm, BHS May 30: Last day of school! June 1: BHS graduation at 7pm, Willow Creek Community Church June 4: Summer school begins