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Highlights of the March 12 Board of Education Meeting

The Board recognized five teachers, the first recipients of Hawthorn District 73’s new recognition program. Mrs. Waggoner, the Principal of Elementary North, introduced the teachers who were honored for earning National Board Certification. She said that National Board Certification is an extremely demanding process and only an elite few who attempt it are successful. Each teacher was presented with a brick engraved with the words: “Big things are built one brick at a time.” The awardees included:

  • Cara Hunwick, a first-grade teacher at Elementary North
  • Hillary Marchel, a reading specialist at Elementary North
  • Samantha McCabe, a first-grade special education teacher at Elementary North
  • Alivia Polnow, a first-grade teacher at Elementary North
  • Jenna Stern, a third-grade teacher at Elementary North

Superintendent Dr. Hannigan discussed the District’s actions to help ensure the health, well-being and safety of students, staff and teachers in response to the coronavirus. After school activities were canceled. The Facilities Management Team was following protocols for winter season deep cleaning. The District’s custodial provider, GSF, established a coronavirus response committee to monitor the virus and adapted their procedures to address the current situation. The Tech Department started following a new protocol for cleaning devices. The District’s transportation company was cleaning buses on a daily basis. The Teaching and Learning Department worked on an e-learning plan that was ready to be implemented in the event of a school closure. The District continued to follow the guidance of the Lake County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Ted Haug with Legat Architects provided an update on the third phase of the Educational Facilities Master Plan, which focuses on Elementary South. The project includes additional classrooms, art room and music rooms, the relocation of some of the offices, as well as a new gym and fitness area. The budget is $9.8 million. Construction is expected to be completed by 2022.

Abe Singh, Director of Finance & Business Operations, discussed a proposal from the District’s auditors, Eder, Casella & Co., to provide auditing services for the next three years. The Board will vote on the proposal at the next meeting. 

Board President Robin Cleek thanked Canon Medical for their generous donation of $5000 to the Townline Science Olympiad. 

The Board unanimously approved the 2020-2021 staffing plan.