Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) – Community Process

The Hawthorn School District 73 Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) is a 10-year facilities plan to support the district’s growth and long-term strategic plan. It was developed by a Core Team of community members, parents, staff, and administration. The Core Team collaborated with DLR Group, a nationally leading architecture firm, to assess the district’s needs and proposed recommended options for the future of the district to the Hawthorn 73 School Board. #H73EFMP

Send Your Questions to Superintendent Brown!

Election Day is tomorrow!  Superintendent Nick Brown will be answering questions on the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) and the April 4, 2017 referendum via Twitter today.

Tweet him your questions @brownnNick and use the hashtag #73EFMP. No Twitter? No problem. Email: brown@hawthorn73.org

Learn more about the EFMP

Info Packet

 

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE COMMUNITY INPUT THAT WENT INTO THE HAWTHORN 73 FACILITIES PLAN?

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: bit.ly/H73EFMP.

DID YOU KNOW OPERATIONAL COSTS ARE PLANNED FOR SEPARATELY FROM THE EFMP?

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: bit.ly/H73EFMP.

HAVE YOU HEARD? HAWTHORN 73 IS GROWING!

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: bit.ly/H73EFMP.

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 ~ bit.ly/H73EFMP ~.

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 brownn@hawthorn73.org or 847.990.4215.

Superintendent’s Coffee – Why an Educational Facilities Master Plan is needed

 

Saturday March 18, Hawthorn School District 73’s Superintendent Nick Brown will host a “Superintendent’s Coffee – Why the Educational Facilities Master Plan is needed” at Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Mr. Brown’s coffee chat will include a short facilities presentation followed by a question/answer session.

The District 73 School Board has voted to place a question on the April 4, 2017 ballot that will ask voters to approve $42 million in school facilities funding based on the results of the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) created by a Core Team of community members, parents, staff and administration. This process began in March 2016 and the Core Team has been meeting since July 2016, completing more than 2,500 combined hours of work focused on finding a district-wide solution to: solve all space needs based on projected enrollment growth, and to balance the projected growth of more than 700 students in the next 10 years while maintaining a 25:1 student-teacher ratio at the elementary school level.

This ballot initiative reflects the findings of the EFMP and will act to address the long-range needs of the district. To learn more about the EFMP please visit the district’s website ~ http://bit.ly/2fVn7vT ~.

Hawthorn 73 Growing Together

 

 

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.

Sullivan Center

Feedback Sought on Kindergarten Center

The Vernon Hills Park District Board of Park Commissioners and Hawthorn District 73 representatives met on Tuesday, January 3 to discuss and receive feedback from the public on a potential partnership for the development of a Kindergarten Center adjacent to the Sullivan Center Park District facility. Due to holiday schedules, the Hawthorn School Board did not have a meeting but was represented by School Board President Jeff Bard and Superintendent Nick Brown. The new Kindergarten Center would be constructed to house 18 kindergarten classrooms.

Moving forward now with the project would help with the escalated growth District 73 is experiencing. Since May, 2016, the district has enrolled 135 new students. The Kindergarten Center would free up classrooms in all the elementary schools while the district tackles the long term growth that is anticipated to increase by up to 705 students within 10 years to 5,069 students.

It was shared that the partnership would benefit taxpayers by saving dollars. The Park District and School District would share facility space. District 73 would not need to build a gym as students would use the new gym being constructed onto the Sullivan Center. Also, there would be no need to purchase land for this project as it would be leased from the Park District to Hawthorn District 73. Details of the lease still need to be worked out but a nominal fee of $1 was mentioned. The School District would be able to use shared parking lots as well. The Park District will have access to meeting room space in the new Kindergarten Center after school hours. An additional benefit would be experienced by children that attend the Park District pre-school programs and then attend kindergarten in the adjacent building. This proposed Kindergarten Center would encourage shared services among the Park District, School District and Library District as all three would be on the same campus providing an additional benefit to the community.

Attendees at this first meeting included parents, community members, other governmental representatives from the community including Mayor Roger Byrne. Mayor Byrne shared his support for the intergovernmental partnership and encouraged further discussions about this project as he agreed the Kindergarten Center would benefit all parties involved.

The District 73 Board of Education will independently approve an Educational Facilities Master Plan to address long range building and learning needs in the district. The Kindergarten Center concept is part of both EFMP options presented to the School Board on December 12 and is one portion of a longer range facility plan being considered for the district.

The School Board has shared its intent to pay for the Kindergarten Center with district cash reserves and/or existing bond financing.

The District 73 School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, January 9 for a regular scheduled board meeting in the District Board Room, 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills, to discuss further the Educational Facilities Master Plan. Prior to the Board Meeting, at 6 p.m., the Board will meet with the Core Team. The District 73 School Board will meet jointly with the Vernon Hills Park District Board of Commissioners at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 10 at the Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, to further receive feedback from the public on the kindergarten center concept.  Special School Board meetings are planned for Wednesday January 11 and Thursday January 12 to continue discussions, if necessary, to reach decisions on an Educational Facilities Master Plan.