The Hawthorn 73 Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) is a community-drivin 10-year facilities plan to support the district’s growth. As part of the EFMP, the district plans to develop a Kindergarten Center at the Sullivan Center in Vernon Hills, which will bring together Kindergarten services for our students under one roof. Please see our frequently asked questions for additional information about this project. #H73EFMP
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Please review the Educational facility master plan presented at the May 31st board meeting.
For your convenience we now have an interactive and searchable boundary map available.
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.
The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education approved a five year Strategic Plan.
The plan outlines strategies or actions that will most likely improve performance and lead to long-term goal attainment. The Board approved seven high-level change strategies:
- Implementing a communications plan.
- Implementing a plan that identifies the facilities and resources required to provide an equitable distribution of those resources across the district.
- Implement a District Leadership Team to monitor and support the implementation of the Strategic Plan. Provide support for multilingual opportunities and world language appreciation.
- Provide support for multilingual opportunities and world language appreciation through the implementation of K-8 programs.
- Focus professional development resources toward Professional Learning Community and curriculum training/implementation.
- Identify and implement common commitments and set expectations to ensure equitable access to high quality programs for all district students.
- Expand early intervention opportunities such as full day kindergarten.
The Board has already directed a Reorganization Committee, consisting of parents, staff and community members, to begin studying Actions 2, 6 and 7. Read more about the work of the reorganization committee here.Strategic Plan Document En Espanol