It seems Mother Nature decided to skip spring and jump straight to summer, and just in time for the end of the 2017-18 school year!
This was my fourth year as superintendent of schools in Barrington 220 and from the first day of school to the last, it has been a unique and incredible year for our students and staff.
We kicked off the year by successfully implementing new start times at all of our schools, to create an optimal time for learning for our students. Thank you to everyone who completed the Start Time survey. We will be reviewing this data, along with several other metrics in the months to come.
During the 2017-18 school year, we also made significant progress on the Barrington 220 Board of Education’s Blueprint 220 initiative. Over the past month, the board held three community meetings, where members sought feedback on a draft master-facilities plan for all of our schools. Over the summer the board plans to review that feedback and update the draft plan. If you didn’t have a chance to attend a May meeting, the board will seek more community feedback in the fall.
A major component of Blueprint 220 is to include physical improvements in all of our schools, that would enhance safe and secure learning environments. The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. On Tuesday, September 25, Barrington 220 will partner with Barrington Police and Fire to host a community safety meeting in the evening. The meeting will coincide with “Safety 220”, which will be a week-long campaign to educate our students, parents, staff and community about school safety measures and how to respond to various crisis situations. More information will be available when students return to school in the fall.
In the meantime, please have a safe and fun summer break and we will see everyone in August!