Hawthorn School District 73 serves more than 4200 students. Enrollment has increased by more than 10% (487 additional students) over the past 10 years resulting in overcrowding at the elementary and middle schools.
Voters were asked to approve two ballot resolutions on November 6, 2018. The $48.7 million bond question was a request for funding to construct a new kindergarten building, build additions at or expand the elementary schools and middle schools, and add STEM centers at the middle schools. The limiting tax rate increase of $.10 was requested to cover operational expenses.
Although the two measures were designed to work together, the bond referendum passed with 57.04% of the voters approving the measure, while the levy failed with only 45.80% of the voters approving the limiting tax rate increase.
The District and Board of Education will begin to refine the concepts this fall and construction is anticipated to be completed by August of 2024.
Operational costs of the additions, expansions, and new kindergarten center will be evaluated. The administrative team and Board will evaluate the budget to determine how to best absorb the higher operational costs of the new spaces. Student needs and the District’s finances will be balanced to determine the optimal sequence of construction.
Sonali Patil, School Board President, noted that, “These measures were intended to work together to support our students and ensure the effective operation of our school district. The Board and the administrative team will work together to determine the best way to ensure student success without additional operating funds.”
The District 73 Board of Education and administrative team are grateful to the parents and community members who took the time to learn about the schools and their needs as well as the volunteers who gave their time and talent to build awareness of the referenda.
Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth grade public school district serving more than 4,200 students. It serves all or portions of the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.