school board meeting

Highlights of the September 11 Board of Education Meeting

At the meeting, the Board approved the 2017/2018 budget. The budget includes operating revenues of $51,965,326 and expenses of $51,872,742. It includes a deficit of $12.6 million that is due to the building of the Kindergarten Center at the Sullivan Center and summer capital work projects. As a result of the deficit, the District’s fund balances will go from $40,246,253 in June of 2017 to $27,604,275 in June of 2018.

The Board discussed the results of the District 73 community survey. The survey, which closed on August 31, was promoted through numerous ways, including a districtwide mailer, the district’s website, newsletters and social media. More than 500 people responded. The results of the survey will be presented at the next Board of Education meeting on September 25. Board members discussed what format would be best for presenting the results, and how best to address the comments and questions included in the returned surveys. The Board agreed that all questions need to be answered. Several board members volunteered to review the data and determine specific categories in which the data and feedback can be organized and presented.

Lisa Leali, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, provided an update on enrollment numbers based on the annual sixth-day report.

Representatives of the DLR Group (architects) and LAMP, Inc. (the district’s construction manager) provided an update on the kindergarten center project. They are planning to present a design for the kindergarten expansion at the Sullivan Center on October 9.  They are working with various agencies, including the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, to move through the permit and approval process. Because some of the property the center will be built on is in wetlands, the district will be contributing to a wetland bank to provide funds for the creation of wetlands in another part of Lake County. Ms. Leali noted that the design team that provided input and insight on the center’s design included a number of teachers. She thanked them publicly for their contributions toward a new and innovative building for Hawthorn students.

Board of Education President Sonali Patil mentioned that the district is joining a relief effort for families affected by Hurricane Harvey.   The district’s schools will be collecting specific items between September 18 and 29. Cash will not be accepted. Those interested in participating should contact their specific schools.