The Board of Education unanimously approved a motion to hire the new superintendent, Dr. Peter Hannigan, with a start date of July 1, 2019. Dr. Hannigan is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at Schaumburg Consolidated Community School District 54, a pre-K through eighth grade public school district with 28 schools serving more than 15,000 students.
“Hawthorn District 73 has an outstanding reputation in the field of education, and moving forward we are going to continue to build on that reputation to ensure the success of all those students regardless of their ability,” said Dr. Hannigan. “I am extremely grateful to be part of the next chapter of Hawthorn District 73’s history.”
A new board member, George Fievet III, was sworn in. He was appointed to fill the vacant position created when Julie Simpson resigned in December of 2018 to become a member of the Lake County Board. He will serve until April 2, 2019, the date Ms. Simpson’s term on the board was set to expire. He has filed to run for a four-year term. Mr. Fievet currently serves as a senior technical manager at AIM Specialty Health in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has held multiple positions over the years.
Director of Human Resources Lynn Barkley reported that the kindergarten registration and residency events will no longer take place. To make the process more convenient, parent friendly and cost effective, the procedure will now take place online. Parents will learn about the process at the upcoming kindergarten nights held at the elementary schools in January and early February. A communications plan will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
The board passed a resolution providing for the issue of not to exceed $13,500,000 General Obligation School Bonds of the District for the purpose of financing the capital projects approved by referendum, and $30,000,000 General Obligation School Bonds of the District for the purpose of refunding outstanding bonds, providing for the levy of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the principal and interest on said bonds, and authorizing the execution of a Bond Purchase Agreement with Raymond James and Associates, Inc., in connection with the proposed sale of said bonds. The board also passed a resolution authorizing and directing the execution of an Escrow Agreement in connection with the issue of Taxable General Obligation Refunding School Bonds, Series 2019A, and General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2019B, of the District.
During the President’s Report, Board President Sonali Patil thanked Canon Medical for donating $5,000 to Townline’s Science Olympiad. Townline is one of a few schools in the state that participates in a Science Olympiad for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The school will hold its Science Olympiad competition on January 30 prior to the state competition.
Ms. Patil also said that the kindergarten building plans will be presented to the Village of Vernon Hills’ Planning and Zoning Committee on January 16. (The date has subsequently been changed to January 23.)