This morning there was a suspicious black car we believe to be a Lincoln possibly taking photos of students as they entered school. The car was parked off of school property. Please take extra caution and keep a watchful eye. Inform our Resource Officer Jon Paret or the Vernon Hills Police Department if you see anything out of the ordinary.
As you can tell from the smiles, the 2017 version of the combined Middle South/Middle North/VHHS Pep Band evening on Sept. 8 was filled with fun, friendship and music. What a great way for the eighth graders to get a taste of what’s next in high school band on Friday nights. The evening started with a gathering for a dinner provided by the VHHS Band Parents. After getting the band members all set up with music and rehearsing for 20 minutes, it was off to the stadium for an exciting evening together, cheering on the VHHS football team and all the other fun that goes with a Friday night game. The massed bands performed on the track for a packed crowd, much to the delight of everyone there. Following the performance, the Band Parents stepped up again with hot chocolate for everyone before heading home after a long, wonderful day.
Dear Hawthorn Family:
This letter is to inform you that a Hawthorn contractor is scheduled to apply a winter lawn treatment (fertilizer) to our district lawns on August 26, 2017. Areas will be posted, and people are encouraged to stay off of the areas for two hours after the application.
Hawthorn takes great care to ensure that we maintain the safest environment possible for our students and the entire community. Projects such as fertilizer application are scheduled during times when students are not present and school is not in session. Whenever possible, we use environmentally friendly “green” products.
James Staples, District Facilities Manager
Among the topics discussed at the August 14 Board of Education meeting was the new Cuneo development. Preparations are moving forward for the construction of 128 new homes on 53 acres on the Cuneo/Loyola Mansion and Gardens property located at 1350 Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills. The Board will determine which district schools the students from this development will attend. Superintendent Nick Brown reminded the Board that the district has tried not to split neighborhoods in the past, but separating the students would limit the impact on any one school. Mr. Brown will talk with the developer about the number of children expected to move into the development. He and the Board will also be looking at space availability once the kindergarten classes move from the elementary schools to the Sullivan Center. The Board is expected to make their decision by mid- to late October.
Director of Finance and Business Operations Abe Singh provided a presentation on the 2017/18 tentative budget. The projected revenue is $73,793,884, while expenses are estimated at $86,526,861. He discussed an increase in expenses compared with last year’s budget, which is due to an increase in instructional spending (up 5.5%), a new lease agreement for the Dell Chromebooks, an increase in curriculum needs, and other things. $12 million has been allocated for the construction of the Kindergarten Center at the Sullivan Center. A public hearing on the tentative budget took place during the business meeting in which the Board received no public comments. The budget is scheduled to be adopted on September 11.
Mr. Brown provided an update on enrollment numbers. The district still anticipates that an additional 60 children will register for the new school year. District Office staff members are calling families who did not attend the Residency Event. Mr. Brown is seeing slight increases in enrollment numbers across the district schools. A fourth-grade classroom is being added to Aspen due to increased enrollment numbers.
In her report, Board President Sonali Patil thanked staff for organizing the Residency Event, which she said went smoothly. She also reminded district residents to take a 10-minute survey that will help the district gauge community perceptions about its schools. The deadline to take the survey is August 31.
Hawthorn School District 73 is holding a series of “Bagels with the Board” meetings for the public to discuss their perceptions about the District and its facilities planning efforts with Board of Education members. Please join us at one of the following sessions:
Tuesday, August 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Village of Vernon Hills, 290 Evergreen Drive in Vernon Hills
Tuesday, August 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
Wednesday, August 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Victory Centre, 97 W. Phillip Road in Vernon Hills
The D73 Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 14. Please click here for the agenda.
- Save the Dates for the 2018 Hawthorn Enrichment InstituteNovember 16, 2017 - 10:36 am
- Highlights of the November 13 Board of Education MeetingNovember 16, 2017 - 8:52 am
- School Board Member Day is November 15November 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm
- Hawthorn Observes American Education WeekNovember 15, 2017 - 9:38 am
- Many Hawthorn Students Are Winners in Library Bookmark ContestNovember 13, 2017 - 12:10 pm