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Highlights of the December 11 Board of Education Meeting

District Superintendent Nick Brown provided an update on the kindergarten school at the Sullivan Center. He said that the project is now in the design development phase. More information will be brought to the Board at the January 22 meeting. He said the presentation to the Village of Vernon Hills went smoothly. There is initial support from the Cook Memorial Library District, Village and Park District for creating an access drive to the kindergarten school from Phillip Road, which would address traffic concerns, but details are still being worked out.

Administration is working on the 2018-2019 school calendar. The goal is to closely mirror the Vernon Hills High School and other local high school calendars so that families with children in the District and in high school can generally follow the same break/holiday schedules. The Board will take action on the calendar in January.

Abe Singh, Director of Finance and Business Operations, provided a recap of a presentation by Elizabeth Hennessy from Raymond James on the District’s outstanding debt, which took place at the November 27 Board of Education meeting. He reviewed the 10-year, 15-year and 20-year options. Administration recommends the 10-year option, which has the least amount of interest and fees, and would generate $1.4 million. Funds could be put toward capital improvements and/or equipment. The topic will be discussed again in June with a possible refunding in October of 2018.

Dr. Lisa Leali, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and Hawthorn’s elementary school principals, Bill Fredricksen, Kathryn Waggoner, Dr. Jill Martin, Dr. James Tohme, and Dr. Victoria Kieffer, gave a presentation on student achievement at the elementary school level. Overall, Hawthorn’s elementary schools continue to outperform the state on PARCC, but LEP, IEP and low-income students continue to struggle in reading and math achievement. The principals discussed several action steps for improvement, which included:

• Focus on study of culturally responsive instructional practices, inclusion, personalized learning and goal setting
• Guaranteed Viable Curriculum—common summative and formative performance assessments
• Social Emotional Learning
• Support from the Regional Office of Education and surrounding districts
• Full day kindergarten for all
• Early Release Days for professional development
• Added technology at all grades
• Professional Learning Community development

Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP)

Board President Sonali Patil led the group in a discussion on prioritized needs and outreach. DLR Group Principal Jason Lembke was present to answer questions. Board members discussed what EFMP projects needed to be prioritized in the event the school pursues another referendum. There was general agreement that the middle schools should be a focal point, as these schools are out of space and will receive no relief from the building of the kindergarten school at the Sullivan Center. In terms of outreach, Board members discussed the need for more community engagement if a future referendum campaign is launched.

During the Business Meeting, the Board approved administration’s recommendation to maintain the student fees for the 2018-2019 school year at the current 2017-2018 level, with the exception of the lunch meals. Lunch meals will increase by 10 cents from $2.80 to $2.90 in accordance with guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture “Equity in School Lunch Pricing” provision.

Growing Together

Hawthorn Wants to Hear From You

Hawthorn School District 73 is seeking the participation of community members in a brief online survey to gauge community perceptions of the school district and its facility planning efforts.  The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Click here to take the survey. Presionar aqui para tomar el estudio.

 

 

 

 

Hawthorn Wants to Hear From You

Hawthorn School District 73 will hold 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. For the schedule of meetings, please click the button below.

Meeting Schedule

The District is also seeking the participation of community members in a brief online survey to gauge community perceptions of the school district and its facility planning efforts.  The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.  To take the survey, visit the Educational Facilities Master Plan page. 

Hawthorn desea escuchar de usted

 

 

Growing Together: Referendum Letter

Please take a moment to read our letter to the community regarding the Educational Facilities Master Plan.

Final Referendum Letter | 372

Thank you

Thank you to all the community members, parents, teachers, and staff who helped make the #H73EFMP possible.
Click here to learn more about the EFMP and the Hawthorn 73 referendum on the ballot TODAY:  bit.ly/H73EFMP

Election Day is tomorrow!

Election Day is tomorrow! Before you vote, please take a moment to learn about the Hawthorn 73 Educational Facilities Master Plan and our referendum. #H73EFMP
Click here to learn more: bit.ly/H73EFMP
Need help finding your polling place? Click here to visit the Lake County voter website: lakecountyil.gov/351/Voter-Power

EFMP – Kindergarten Center at the Sullivan Center FAQ

The Hawthorn 73 Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) is a community-drivin 10-year facilities plan to support the district’s growth. As part of the EFMP, the district plans to develop a Kindergarten Center at the Sullivan Center in Vernon Hills, which will bring together Kindergarten services for our students under one roof. Please see our frequently asked questions for additional information about this project.  #H73EFMP

 

Download Sullivan Center FAQ

Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) – Community Process

The Hawthorn School District 73 Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) is a 10-year facilities plan to support the district’s growth and long-term strategic plan. It was developed by a Core Team of community members, parents, staff, and administration. The Core Team collaborated with DLR Group, a nationally leading architecture firm, to assess the district’s needs and proposed recommended options for the future of the district to the Hawthorn 73 School Board. #H73EFMP

Send Your Questions to Superintendent Brown!

Election Day is tomorrow!  Superintendent Nick Brown will be answering questions on the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) and the April 4, 2017 referendum via Twitter today.

Tweet him your questions @brownnNick and use the hashtag #73EFMP. No Twitter? No problem. Email: brown@hawthorn73.org

Learn more about the EFMP

Info Packet

 

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE COMMUNITY INPUT THAT WENT INTO THE HAWTHORN 73 FACILITIES PLAN?

The Hawthorn 73 Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) was developed by a Core Team of community members, parents, staff, and administration who collaborated with DLR Group, a nationally leading architecture firm. The group assessed the district’s needs and proposed recommended options for the future of the district to the Hawthorn 73 School Board. The process began in March 2016 and the Core Team has been meeting since July 2016 to find a district-wide solution solving for our growth needs.

To learn more about the EFMP and the April 4, 2017 referendum, visit Hawthorn 73’s website: bit.ly/H73EFMP.