Dr. Peter Hannigan

Hawthorn District 73 Announces Dr. Peter Hannigan as New Superintendent

At the January 14 board meeting, the Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education named Dr. Peter Hannigan as the new superintendent of schools, starting 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. The selection is the result of a national search conducted with the assistance of the Libertyville-based educational search firm BWP & Associates that produced approximately 40 qualified applicants from diverse geographic and professional backgrounds.  

“The Board of Education is thrilled and excited to have Dr. Hannigan join District 73 as its next superintendent,” said District 73 Board of Education President Sonali Patil. “After meeting several excellent candidates, we felt Dr. Hannigan was the best fit for the District 73 community. His experiences in Schaumburg closely reflect the qualities that were outlined in the superintendent search profile for Hawthorn 73. His enthusiasm, energy and passion for children will be well received by the students, staff and families in our community.”

Over the past 12 years, Dr. Hannigan has served in a variety of leadership roles at District 54. He was hired as the Principal of the District’s Everett Dirksen Elementary School in 2006, became the Principal of Margaret Mead Junior High in 2010, and was promoted to his current position in 2013. His accomplishments include: 

  • Implementing systems and structures to promote a collaborative culture
  • Developing fiscally responsible staffing plans that aligned to student achievement goals
  • Developing a long term facilities plan that included the creation of an early childhood center
  • Working collaboratively with the Board of Education and District employees to achieve the District’s Strategic Plan
  • Establishing a pipeline for recruitment and development of teaching and administrative talent

Dr. Hannigan began his career as a fourth-grade teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School in Indian Prairie School District 204 in 1998. In 2003, he moved to Palatine Community Consolidated School District 15 where he initially served as a building assistant at Jane Addams School and later as Principal at Virginia Lake Elementary School. He also served as an adjunct professor at Argosy University, where he taught master and doctoral level human resources related classes from 2011 to 2013. 

Dr. Hannigan holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), an Education Specialist (Ed.S.), and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Northern Illinois University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching from Aurora University.

He and his wife currently live in Wauconda, Illinois. They have three children. 

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving more than 4,200 students. It serves all or portions of the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.

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Two Ways to Participate in the April 17 Community Engagement Meeting

The Board of Education will host a community engagement meeting on Tuesday, April 17. The Board is looking for your input about the District’s space concerns. Attendees will be able to either watch a slide presentation and video about the District’s space constraints, or meet directly with Board members to provide feedback and prioritize solutions. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills.

Community Input Sought

You are invited to a very special Board meeting on Wednesday, October 19 to receive important information about our proposed Educational Facility Master Plan (EFMP). As you may know, the district is continuing to experience growth and this EFMP will provide a long-term solution for both our urgent facility needs now as well as planning for continued growth and academic excellence into the future.

The Board hired DLR Group in March to evaluate our current facility conditions and to facilitate a Core Team made up of community members, staff, administrators and facility leadership to discuss and create solutions that address our needs. This presentation and conversation will be your first opportunity to give feedback to the Core Team on their recommended EFMP solution prior to Board consideration later this fall.

Please make arrangements to attend this very important presentation and conversation at Townline Elementary on October 19 at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Creative Writing Contest

Calling all young writers. It is time for Cook Library’s Annual Writing Contest. Entries must be received by April 3 at 9:00 p.m. Please call 224-513-7423 for more information.

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Special Needs: Legal and Future Planning

Parents and guardians of individuals with special needs are invited to attend a session on legal and future planning for people with special needs. To register, call: 847-362-2330. The event will take place on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Cook Memorial Public Library in Libertyville.

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Variety Show is a Blast

The Hawthorn PTO’s Variety Show on March 17 showed that talent is truly thriving at Hawthorn’s schools. The 30 acts ranged from singing to dancing, from piano to guitar playing. The costumes were amazing. The performers did a great job as they performed for a full house. Thank you to all the families that participated. The show will air on Comcast channel 4 and AT&T cable channel 99 at the following times:

Wednesday, March 20
5 pm – Variety Show 11am Performances
7 pm – Variety show 2 pm Performances 
Thursday, March 21
3 pm – Variety Show 11 am Performances
5 pm – Variety Show 2 pm Performances 
Friday, March 22
6 pm – Variety Show 2 pm Performances
7:30 pm – Variety Show 11 am Performances 
Saturday, March 23 
7 pm – Variety Show 2 pm Performances
8:30 pm – Variety Show 11am Performances 
Sunday, March 24 
12 pm – Variety Show 11 am Performances
2 pm – Variety Show 2 pm Performances 
Monday, March 25
12 pm & 6:30 pm – Variety Show 11 am Performances
2 pm & 5 pm – Variety Show 2 pm Performances

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Board Meeting Cancelation

The March 21 Board of Education meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will take place on Monday, April 8.

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Huge Crowd Attends District Art Show Opening

A huge crowd gathered at the opening reception for the 2019 District Art Show at Aspen Drive Library on March 14. The numerous works of art on display showed the diverse talents of Hawthorn School District 73’s students. From abstract to representational, from landscape to portrait–the show encompassed a wide array of art pieces of which students could be proud. Special thanks to the Cook Memorial Public Library District for supporting visual art in our schools.

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Lincoln Leprechaun Is Hard to Catch

The Lincoln Leprechaun was hard to catch at the Lincoln Early Learning Center in Mundelein. Mrs. Belford read a book about catching leprechauns to her class. Then she led the little students on a scavenger hunt following gold coins. In the end, instead of catching the leprechaun, the students found a basket of treats and a note that he had left. Perhaps they will catch him next year.

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Family Skate, March 24

Join a family skate that will benefit the Community Alliance Project (CAP), which helps fund community-based youth programs in Vernon Hills. The event will take place Sunday, March 24, 2:10-3:40 p.m. at Glacier Ice Arena, 670 N. Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills. The cost is $5.00 per person including skate rental. $20.00 max per family. Cash only.

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LHS-VHHS Fencing Summer Camp

Get ready to join the LHS-VHHS Thundercats Fencing team! If you’d like to try fencing, or if you’re already experienced and would like to spend the day building your skills, we want you to sign up. Drills, footwork, agility exercises, and bouts will be part of this fun four-day camp. Please complete this Google Form to register.

New Date: June 10-13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Vernon Hills High School 
For ages 8-18
$100 until May 10; $125 after May 10
Contact thundercats@d128.org with questions.

An Evening of Free Soccer and More

Schwaben Athletic Club is offering an open house on Friday, May 17th – Free Soccer Tournament and watch All-Star Game. Concession will be open for food and drinks, raffle prizes, and more. 5:30-8pm at Schwaben AC, 301 N Weiland Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 Schwabensoccer.com

Summer Soccer Camps – half and full day camps starting June 17th through August 2nd. Learn new skills and make new friends. Uniform and lunch provided at Schwaben AC, 301 N Weiland Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 Schwabensoccer.com

May Tryouts – Travel Soccer Tryouts from May 1 – May 31st. Free registration, player development first. Schwaben AC, 301 N Weiland Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. Schwabensoccer.com