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Highlights of the July 10 Board of Education Meeting

Superintendent Nick Brown provided an update on enrollment at the July 10 Board of Education meeting. He said that many families have been registering over the past couple weeks. Enrollment as of July 7 is at 4,181 students.  To accommodate the anticipated increase in the student population, the District is considering adding several teachers. A recommendation to hire teachers at Aspen, Elementary South and Elementary North, and a potential new bilingual teacher, will be made at the July 24 meeting. Mr. Brown also noted that he and the principals are closely watching class sizes and making plans for addressing any space shortages.

The Board provided feedback on letters that will be sent to Mundelein, Libertyville and Vernon Hills regarding the District’s space concerns. The letters inform the villages that with the current housing inventory, District classrooms are already overcapacity.  The letters encourage the villages to include the District in conversations with prospective developers at an early stage to see what can be done to help the District address its space concerns.

Board member Wes Polen provided an update on the kindergarten expansion at Sullivan Community Center. She said that the kindergarten center planning team has met three times thus far and has toured several sites to review building designs. The Board’s guidelines for the design of the kindergarten center include:

  • Space should be as flexible as possible for future needs.
  • Discussion needs to take place on whether to use traditional or prefabricated construction.
  • The building should be designed for possible future additions, including a second floor.
  • Classrooms should be designed for class sizes of 25 to one or less.
  • To compensate for the loss of wetlands, the District will pay for the expansion of wetlands in another area.
  • The design will include dedicated space for small group instruction.
  • The design will provide sufficient outdoor play space.

The Board discussed plans to move ahead with its efforts to gauge public perceptions about the District and its facilities planning. A public survey and its link were posted on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the website.  The survey will also be promoted through local newspapers. In addition to the survey, several “Bagels with the Board” meetings will be scheduled for the public to talk directly with Board members. A communication about the meetings will be sent to all households in the area.

Board of Education Meeting, July 10

The D73 BOE will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 10, in the District Offices. Please click here for the agenda.  Additionally, a Closed Committee of the Whole meeting will take place at the conclusion of the open session of the BOE meeting.

Highlights of the 6/26 Board of Education Meeting

Highlights of the June 26 Board of Education meeting include that 10 teachers at Elementary North are pursuing National Board Certification. Board-certified teachers are recognized across the nation as having met the highest standards set by the teaching profession. Currently, only two District teachers are Board certified. In Illinois, 4.75 percent of teachers are Board certified.

Candidates undergo a rigorous, three-year, performance-based process that allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession. The new candidates will receive support and resources through the District’s partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University. Research shows that Board-certified teachers have a greater impact on student learning and achievement than non-certified teachers, with their students outperforming their peers in other classrooms.

Also at the meeting, staff recommended Lamp Incorporated as the construction manager for the kindergarten building expansion at the Sullivan Community Center. Staff sent requests for proposals to four firms, conducted interviews, checked references, and negotiated fees before making their recommendation.

Superintendent Nick Brown said that the District is moving forward to obtain public feedback about the spring referendum. The school will launch and publicize a community survey in the near future and schedule several “Bagels with the Board” meetings so community members can talk directly with board members.

Board of Education President Sonali Patil spoke about the Residency Event on August 2, 3 and 7 at Middle School North. She clarified that parents with children entering kindergarten do not need to attend the event, but if they have older children in the District, they do need to attend the event. She also reminded parents that enrollment numbers are changing every day, so the teacher assignments on PowerSchool may change at any time until the Residency Event.

D73 BOE Meeting

The D73 BOE will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 26, in the District Offices.  Please click here for the agenda.

D73 BOE Meeting

The D73 BOE will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 12, in the District Offices.  Please click here for the agenda.

Board Candidate Forum

please take some time to view the board candidate forum.

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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