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:


The operational costs associated with Hawthorn 73’s current growth trend are already factored into the district’s operational budget planning. The funding needed to implement our Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) reflects anticipated capital costs that are planned for separately from the district’s operational budget.

Over the last 20 years, we have grown by an average of 30-50 students per year. During that time, we have successfully budgeted for additional staff and materials costs from regular operational funding sources—without asking the community for an additional operational levy. The operational costs anticipated because of our growth account for teachers, staff, and materials needed to educate additional students. We will continue to plan for these costs based on the operational funds we regularly rely on.

To learn more about the EFMP and the April 4, 2017 referendum, visit Hawthorn 73’s website:


Over the next ten years, we’re projected to welcome approximately 700 more students. By 2026, our enrollment will reach more than 5,000 students, representing more than 30% growth since 2008.

Hawthorn 73’s current growth trend started in 1998, when enrollment was approximately 3,191 students. This trend was the driving force behind the 2004 bond referendum that helped build Townline Elementary. The district’s work over the last 20 years, and our work going forward with the recent Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) reflect current and projected enrollment growth.

Families move to Hawthorn 73 for educational excellence. Our growth reflects the high-quality education we provide our students and the high standards and pride our community has for our schools. Our community-driven EFMP provides the vision for how we will adapt our facilities to meet our growth needs and provide the innovative, technology-driven education our students need to thrive in the 21st century.

To learn more about the EFMP and the April 4, 2017 referendum, visit Hawthorn 73’s website:

Early Voting Begins this Week for the April 4 Election

Early voting began this week for the April 4, 2017 election. During the election, voters will be asked to consider spending $42 million in school facilities funding to help accommodate for our growth and maintain our commitment to educational excellence, based on the vision set forth in the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP).

Learn more about the EFMP Thursday, March 30, when Hawthorn School District 73’s Superintendent Nick Brown will host a “Superintendent’s Coffee – Why the Educational Facilities Master Plan is needed” at the Village of Vernon Hills, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills from 10:30-11:30 am. Mr. Brown’s coffee chat will include a short facilities presentation followed by a question/answer session.

The district has prepared information regarding the details and tax impact of the referendum, as well as the STEM resources called for in the EFMP, the funding for which is contingent on the referendum. Learn more about STEM and facilities by clicking on the link here ~ ~.

We welcome the opportunity to answer questions for your civic organization, or any community group. Invite the district to give a presentation by calling Wendy Peterson at 847-990-4215.

Connect with Hawthorn 73 Superintendent Nick Brown for questions regarding the EFMP and the referendum at or 847.990.4215.

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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