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Educational Facilities Master Plan Approved

On January 11 the Board of Education adopted an Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) for the district.  An EFMP is a 10-year facilities plan to support the district’s growing needs and long-term strategic plan.  The Board selected the revised Option B – On Campus Additions.  The revision includes plans to add STEM facilities to each building along with relocating 18 kindergarten classrooms to the Sullivan Center, the purchase of an 11.8 acre site across from Elementary South, all other additions and renovations (current needs and future growth) at existing schools and relocate EC/Pre-K from Lincoln Center to Elementary North.  The Dual Language kindergarten would remain with the School of Dual Language. For additional information, please visit the Hawthorn 73 website.

BOE and VHPD Form a Partnership

The District 73 Board of Education and the Vernon Hills Park District Board agreed to begin discussions toward an Inter-Governmental Agreement to create a partnership to construct a Kindergarten Center at the Sullivan Center.  This partnership is part of the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP).  The Board is already taking steps to begin the implementation of the plan.  The Board is looking to fund the project out of cash reserves to pay for this component of the EFMP.

Referendum Ballot Proposition


On January 11 the Board of Education passed a resolution providing for and requiring the submission of a ballot proposition for the consolidated election on April 4, 2017 in the amount of $42,000,000.  The $42,000,000 would cover the costs of the remaining components for revised Option B On Campus Additions of the Educational Facilities Master Plan to build and equip additions to, improve the sites of and alter, repair and equip school buildings, including to provide STEM facilities; acquire and improve a site.

EFMP Latest Update

Close to 200 residents who attended a special Hawthorn Board of Education meeting this week were presented with two options to help address enrollment capacity issues in District 73’s schools and provide upgraded facilities for the future of education at Hawthorn.

Both options call for constructing a kindergarten center onto the Sullivan Center, bringing the early childhood program back to the Hawthorn campus, purchasing 11 acres of land across from Elementary School South, and building facilities so students can explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

The Hawthorn Core Team, which spent thousands of hours researching solutions to space constraints, recommends an option that would include the construction of a new elementary school, adding additions to all the schools for STEM, building a wing onto the Sullivan Center for kindergarten, and building additions to schools where additional space is needed for PE classes, music and art programs.

According to Consulting Demographer John D. Kasarda, Ph.D., Hawthorn shows an increased enrollment by as much as 500 students in the next five years. Hawthorn has been experiencing space capacity challenges in its school buildings for several years resulting in specials programs being taught in mobile classrooms, on a movable cart, and in the cafeteria and hallways.

At 7 p.m. Monday, December 12, District Office, 841 West End Ct, Vernon Hills, the Board is expected to discuss the options further and anticipates making a decision on one of the options.

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BOE Welcomes Board Members

Four members were seated at this week’s Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education meeting following a recent election. The following were elected to serve four-year terms: incumbents Jeffrey Bard and Jayson Tran along with newcomers Robin Cleek and Sonali Patil.

Board President Bard has served on the school board since 2007 and Vice President Tran has served since 2010. Secretary Cleek and husband, Gabe, reside in Vernon Hills with their three children. Mrs. Patil and husband, Rajeev, live in Vernon Hills and have one child. Mr. Tran and his wife, Michelle, live in Vernon Hills with their three children. Mr. Bard and his wife, Lori, live in Vernon Hills with their two children. To read more about the board members, please click on this link.

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