The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education voted Monday to reorganize its district into neighborhood (boundary) schools beginning with the 2015-16 year. For this reorganization plan, students entering Grades 3 through 5 in 2015 may stay in their current school or opt out of this and go to their newly assigned school if there is available space. In other key business, the Board approved free full day kindergarten for all its students, which will also begin in the fall of 2015.
Superintendent Nick Brown stated, “Full day kindergarten is hugely successful in other districts and has had a significant impact on those districts in their ability to prepare and meet the needs of the student populations.”
With full day kindergarten as well as with grandfathering, parents have the option to opt out of the offers. Parents may choose half day kindergarten for their child but would be responsible for picking up their child midday.
With the reorganization decision behind, school board members and the administration will now work to determine boundary lines for neighborhood schools.