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Highlights of the June 24 Board of Education Meeting

Abe Singh, Director of Finance & Business Operations, provided a summary of the 2019-2020 tentative budget.  A public hearing on the proposed budget will take place on August 22. The budget will be adopted on September 12 and will be submitted to ISBE on September 30. The revenue is projected at $72,586,559 and expenses are $70,527,699. The $2 million surplus is due to the timing of the issuance of bonds as relating to when these projects are being expended. The operational deficit is $159,000. The tentative budget, which was approved by the board, is posted on the District’s website and is available for review at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills. 

Hawthorn PTO President Wendy Elman reported that the Hawthorn PTO raised $61,000 last year. In addition to the cash disbursement, the PTO provided more than $6,500 for programs and services, and $8,100 in free books and educational materials for libraries and classrooms. In all, the PTO contributed approximately $75,000 in cash and value to Hawthorn students. 

Mr. Singh announced that the district has hired Adam Palmer as the new Director of Human Resources. He said that 68 people applied for the position. After screenings, nine individuals were selected to be interviewed by teams of staff. Through the interviews and follow up reference checks, two finalists were selected. They returned for additional interviews. Mr. Palmer began his new position on July 1. 

The two interim superintendents, Dr. Friedman and Dr. Porto, offered their thanks for a great year, as this was their last District 73 board meeting. They said that the year was action-packed, they saw tremendous growth, and enjoyed the relationship building. They also said they felt proud that they were leaving the district in a stronger place than they had found it. Board President Robin Cleek thanked them on behalf of the Board of Education. 

Board member Wes Polen announced that Laura Gitzinger, a kindergarten teacher at the School of Dual Language, has been awarded teacher of the month by Dual Language Schools. The Board thanked Ms. Gitzinger for her dedication.

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Groundbreaking Scheduled for May 6

The District is holding a brief groundbreaking event for its new kindergarten building at the Sullivan Community Center. It will take place on Monday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. at 635 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills.

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2/5/19 Kindergarten Parent Information Meetings Rescheduled

The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning starting tonight at 6 p.m. and lasting until 6 a.m. tomorrow. Roads are expected to be treacherous tonight. As a result, the Kindergarten Parent Information meetings scheduled for Elementary South and Townline Elementary for tonight at 7 pm are cancelled. The Kindergarten Parent Information Nights will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m.

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Jan. 31 Kindergarten Information Meetings Rescheduled

Due to inclement weather, the kindergarten parent information meetings scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31 have been rescheduled. The meetings at Aspen Elementary and Elementary North will now take place on Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.

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School Canceled on Jan. 28

Due to poor weather conditions, there will be no school at Hawthorn District 73 on Monday, January 28. All other after-school activities held at Hawthorn are also cancelled.

Debido a las malas condiciones del tiempo, no habra clases para las escuelas del Distrito Hawthorn el lunes, 28 de enero. Todas las actividades realizadas en Hawthorn también se cancelan.

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After School Activities Canceled on Tuesday, 1/22

Due to inclement weather, our district’s extracurricular activities scheduled for after school today (including the after school activity bus) have been cancelled. This includes the evening concerts at Townline and Aspen. The Hawthorn After School Program will remain open.

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1/18/19 All Extracurricular Activities Cancelled

Due to anticipated weather, our district’s extracurricular activities scheduled for after school today (including the after school activity bus) have been cancelled.
Additionally, all Hawthorn 73 activities scheduled for tomorrow 1/19/19 have been cancelled.  This includes our participation and hosting of the Hawthorn Wrestling Invite.

Debido al clima anticipado, las actividades extracurriculares de nuestro distrito programadas para después de la escuela del día de hoy (incluyendo el autobús de actividades después de la escuela) se han cancelado. Además, todas las actividades de Hawthorn #73 programadas para mañana (1/19/19) se han cancelado. Esto incluye la participación y sede de Hawthorn Wrestling Invite.

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All District Schools and Facilities Are Open Today, Nov. 27

Power and heat have been restored to all District 73 schools and facilities. Therefore, all schools are open today, Nov. 27.

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Important Notice

As of 10 p.m. power has not been restored to all district schools. If power is not restored by 5 a.m., school will be canceled Tuesday. We will contact you in the morning.

Soft lockdown lifted

We are happy to report that the soft lock down at Hawthorn Schools has been lifted and we are back to normal school operations.  Thank-you for your patience and cooperation.