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The Board encourages residents to attend business meetings. In general, the Board meets once or twice per month on Thursday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. School breaks also impact the schedule, which appears below and is subject to change by prior notice. Meetings occur at the District Office at 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills, IL 60061 unless otherwise specified.

2021-2022 Meeting Schedule:

August 12, 2021 (held at Vernon Hills Village Hall)
September 9, 2021 (held at Hawthorn Middle School North, No Live Stream)
September 23, 2021 (held at Hawthorn Middle School North, No Live Stream)
October 7, 2021
October 21, 2021
November 16, 2021 (Tuesday)
December 16, 2021
January 20, 2022
February 10, 2022
February 24, 2022
March 17, 2022
April 14, 2022
April 28, 2022
May 19, 2022
June 16, 2022

Important! Meeting notices and agendas are posted here for your information only and are subject to change. Board packet information is viewable through BoardDocs. Official notices and agendas are posted on the front door of the District Office, 841 West End Court.

Public Comment Policy: We welcome public participation in our School Board meetings, but ask that you read this policy beforehand.

Meetings are Recorded: Board meetings are recorded and posted on this website as well as rebroadcast on Vernon Hills Community Access TV (Comcast channel 4, AT&T channel 99) on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m.

At each meeting, minutes from the previous meeting are approved, after which they will be posted here.

Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Media

2021-2022 Board Projects

  • Develop a shared understanding of the district’s Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals across all stakeholder groups.

  • We will create and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to engage all stakeholder groups in the collective success of Hawthorn District 73. 

  • We will create systems to successfully split the current technology department into two distinct strands: instructional technology and technology infrastructure. The Director of Instructional Technology is responsible for developing, coordinating, and supporting a strategic vision for instructional technology in the district, including STEM and Library Media Services. The Technology Support Supervisor supports the hardware and networking needs of the district. Both work to ensure SOPPA (Student Online Personal Protection Act) compliance.
  • We will support the consistent implementation of our updated Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) in English language arts (K-8) and math (6-8) in coordination with our original GVC Leadership Team.
  • We will support the consistent development and implementation of our GVC in social studies (K-8), math (K-5), and both English language arts and math at the preschool level via training and support with new Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) Leadership Teams. This includes the prioritization and alignment of learning standards.
  • We will engage in a pilot analysis of Tier 1 elementary and middle school English language arts / Spanish language arts materials within a curriculum review cycle. The purpose of our pilot is to select a foundational resource for district-wide implementation in 2022-2023. 
  • We will participate in planning and professional development to ensure readiness for the implementation of a consistent and robust STEM program at the middle school level in 2022-2023.
  • We will review our current Library Media Services program, study best practices, and develop a corresponding proposal including purpose, staffing, schedules, resources, and physical space with the goal of creating an implementation timeline to begin in 2022-2023.
  • We will focus on equity and inclusion in an effort to ensure all students feel safe and represented at school. This includes attention to student access and opportunity with regard to positive student outcomes.
  • We will begin the implementation of our updated Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). This includes districtwide practices, processes, and structures specific to academic intervention and enrichment services, as well as professional development to support these efforts.
  • We will engage in a comprehensive evaluation of the Dual Language Program with respect to programming goals, objectives, and the language allocation plan. The evaluation will focus on program structure; curriculum and instruction; assessment and accountability; professional development; family and community; and support and resources.
  • We will engage in Phase 4 of construction which includes the design and development of Middle School South building additions and renovation and mechanical updates at Aspen. 
  • Develop the District 73 Leadership Academy for staff members pursuing a leadership position or staff interested in expanding their leadership skills.