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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.

BOE Approves Reorganization Plan

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education voted Monday to reorganize its district into neighborhood (boundary) schools beginning with the 2015-16 year. For this reorganization plan, students entering Grades 3 through 5 in 2015 may stay in their current school or opt out of this and go to their newly assigned school if there is available space. In other key business, the Board approved free full day kindergarten for all its students, which will also begin in the fall of 2015.

Superintendent Nick Brown stated, “Full day kindergarten is hugely successful in other districts and has had a significant impact on those districts in their ability to prepare and meet the needs of the student populations.”

With full day kindergarten as well as with grandfathering, parents have the option to opt out of the offers. Parents may choose half day kindergarten for their child but would be responsible for picking up their child midday.

With the reorganization decision behind, school board members and the administration will now work to determine boundary lines for neighborhood schools.

Strategic plan project update

Please Volunteer!  Hawthorn is working with CEC to develop a strategic plan for the District. We are working to gather a group of 50 people representing a variety of experiences and interests. If you are interested in being considered, please return the Strategic Plan Volunteer Application by November 22. You may also complete the form in an online format.

Please Take the Survey!  All community members are encouraged to provide their insight by taking a brief online survey – only six questions and you may remain anonymous.

For more information, check the web article, Hawthorn Joins with Center for Educational Change to Develop Strategic Plan.

 

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