Meet the Candidates Running for Barrington 220 Board of Education | Mike Shackleton

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Voters will head to the polls tomorrow and choose which of 11 candidates they believe are the best fit to fill 4 open seats on the Barrington 220 Board of Education (BOE). It’s a crowded ballot as the Barrington community also prepares to welcome its new superintendent of schools, Dr. Robert Hunt, this summer. After an unprecedented year of distance learning and voter approval of a $147M bond referendum for school improvements, voters have been weighing their choices carefully.

To help inform our decisions on election day, we’ve reached out the list of candidates which, in addition to incumbents Sandra Ficke Bradford and Mike Shackleton, includes Thomas J. Mitoraj, Lauren Berkowitz KlauerJonathan Matta, Erin Chan Ding, Katie Karam, Malgorzata McGonigal, William Betz, Robert Windon and Steve Wang. The election is coming up on April 6, 2021.

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We’re wrapping up our candidate profiles today by getting to know a little more about Mike Shackleton who joined the Barrington 220 Board of Education in 2017.

Meet the Candidate:  Mike Shackleton

Mike Shackleton currently serves as Co-Chair of the district’s Facilities Committee and sits on the Equity Committee and Labor Management Committee. From 2017 to 2019 Mike also served as Co-Chair of the district’s Finance Committee. He is managing partner for Shackleton & Associates, Management Consulting. After graduating from Barrington High School, he attended the University of Chicago and earned a bachelor of science degree from DePaul University, College of Commerce. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with this family. He has two children and lives in Barrington Hills.

Voter priorities in this election include refining best practices after lessons learned during Covid-19, the future education and safety of our students and stewardship of the $147M voter-approved bond referendum for planned school improvements, district-wide. There were two candidate forums in March. Barrington 220’s PTO President’s Council hosted the first forum on March 3rd.

The second candidates forum was hosted on March 13th by the League of Women Voters, Palatine Area.

Barry Altshuler, Leah Collister-Lazzari and Angela Wilcox will remain in their positions. Board President, Penny Kazmier and Gavin Newman are not seeing reelection. Incumbents, Sandra Ficke-Bradford and Mike Shackleton are among the eleven who will be on the April 6th, 2021 ballot.

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Barrington’s schools are a big part of what gives Barrington its unique character and we appreciate all who are willing to help lead the way on behalf of Barrington families, children and young adults.

Formed in 1973, Barrington Community Unit School District 220 educates over 9,000 students at one high school, two middle schools (grades 6-8), eight elementary schools, and one early childhood center. District 220 encompasses 72 square miles in 4 counties and covers 12 villages: all of Barrington, Lake Barrington, Tower Lakes; and portions of Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Port Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, North Barrington, and South Barrington. Learn more at

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