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Highlights of the October 22 Board of Education Meeting

Recognition

Interim Superintendents Mark Friedman and Joe Porto announced that Board of Education members Sonali Patil and Robin Cleek were recognized by the Illinois Association of School Boards as Master Board Members Level 1.  They also thanked an anonymous family for donating $2,000 to Elementary North.

Proposed Tax Levy
Abe Singh, Director of Finance and Business Operations, gave a presentation on the proposed 2018 Tax Levy, which must be filed with the county by the fourth Tuesday of December. Mr. Singh reviewed the Levy process in detail.  The property tax extension limitation law was also reviewed for the board, along with the relationship between the Equalized Assessed Value and the Consumer Price Index. The board approved a resolution regarding estimated amounts necessary to be levied for the year 2018 to equal $54,821,623.

Superintendents’ Report

Dr. Friedman provided an update on the superintendent search. He said that about 40 individuals have applied for the position thus far. He anticipates a last-minute rush of applications next week just before the application deadline. The Board will be meeting to interview candidates or to discuss candidates on Nov. 26, Nov. 28, Nov. 30, Dec. 3, Dec. 7, Dec. 10, Dec. 11, Dec. 13, Dec. 14 and Dec. 17.

Dr. Friedman also said that the release date for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) designations are approaching. A lot of misinformation is out there. Some districts received their designations and then learned there were mistakes. The official release date is October 31st.

Dr. Porto provided an update on the Hawthorn Education Foundation’s fundraiser. Oktoberfest, which took place on October 19, raised $10,000.  Elementary South Principal Jill Martin thanked board members who helped with the event. She said the Foundation was excited to have reached its fundraising goal for that evening.

President’s Report
Board President Sonali Patil said that the final two referendum information meetings will take place this week. One will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Aspen Drive Library. The final meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the Village of Vernon Hills. She will attend a Bilingual/ELL Parent Education (BPAC) meeting on Wednesday to answer questions about the referendum.

She also thanked the Elementary North family for its generous donation of $2000 and Mr. Sammy Escobar for his contribution of 10 tablets to a first-grade class at the School of Dual Language.

Considering that October is National Principals Month, Ms. Patil thanked all Hawthorn District 73 principals. “I would like to thank all of you for all your hard work, dedication and commitment, not only to students and staff, but to this community,” she said. “You all have incredible responsibility as leaders and we couldn’t find a more talented group of kind and compassionate leaders as all of you are.”