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Highlights of the Feb. 11 Board of Education Meeting

Board President Sonali Patil recognized Middle School North’s Science Olympiad Team for winning second place at the West Ottawa Invitational. She also recognized the elementary level Science Olympiad Team at Townline Elementary. Every student on the team received a medal at the competition held at Middle School South. 

Abe Singh, the district’s Director of Finance and Business Operations, reported on the Village of Vernon Hills meeting on Feb. 5. He said that during the meeting, trustees approved the District’s requests to support construction of the kindergarten building at the Sullivan Center. The formal action item will take place at the Village meeting on February 19. In terms of the next steps for the building, construction bids are opening on Feb. 19 and scope reviews are Feb. 19-24. The goal is to bring forward a recommendation for hiring construction firms at the March 11 board meeting.

Interim Superintendent Mark Friedman discussed the administrative team’s volunteer efforts at Feed My Starving Children, a not-for-profit organization in Libertyville. The team spent an evening packaging food for children in Djibouti, a country in Africa.  He said that all those who attended had an amazing team building experience. 

Dr. Friedman mentioned that Hawthorn District 73 had coordinated a tech forum in which representatives from numerous K-12 school districts came together to discuss the personalized learning 1:1 program initiatives they had launched. He said that the participants learned a lot from each other as they shared their experiences. 

He also gave an update on the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. He said that the state of Illinois is currently not accepting any school calendars for approval while the issue of whether to return to a five-hour school day is being settled. The District may need to wait until March or April before its 2019-2020 calendar is officially approved.

Dr. Friedman also stated that thus far this school year, the district has used four snow days.  At one point, there was speculation that the governor would declare several of those days as emergency days that didn’t need to be made up. However, Dr. Friedman clarified that those days do need to be made up at the end of the school year.