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Hawthorn Highlights - December 15, 2022 Meeting

Hawthorn Highlights - December 15, 2022 Meeting

The Hawthorn District 73 Board of Education met on Dec. 15, 2022, for its regular monthly meeting for the 2022-2023 school year.  Below are the highlights.


Board Packet Information


The Board of Education had the pleasure of recognizing 23 musicians from Middle North and Middle South who were selected to perform at the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) Festival Finale Concert. Additionally, as part of the #HawthornHits100 celebration, Hawthorn School for Young Learners and Aspen Elementary presented the time capsules their buildings put together to commemorate Hawthorn’s 100-year anniversary.

President’s Report
Board President Robin Cleek recognized Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Allison Stein for successfully defending her dissertation and earning her doctorate. She then asked board members to report what sessions they attended at the Triple I Conference that was held in November.

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Dr. Allison Stein was joined by the Teaching and Learning coordinators and instructional coaches to provide the Board with an update on the district’s new instructional coaching program, which was created as part of a Board Project. They shared that instructional coaches have partnered with teams for 57 instructional cycles as of November 28, 2022, and post-assessment data has shown a marked improvement in student data. Additionally, more than 95% of participating staff members shared they are very likely or somewhat likely to participate in another instructional coaching cycle. 

Discussion Items
The first discussion item on the agenda was the implementation of a seven-hour instructional day for all schools beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. Superintendent Dr. Pete Hannigan was joined by HEA President Erin Roche and other committee members to share the committee’s recommendations for new school start and end times beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. 

Seven-hour instructional day proposal presentation
Seven-hour instructional day proposal memorandum

Additionally, the proposed 2023-2024 school calendar was shared with the board for consideration at the January 19, 2023, board meeting. 

The final two items discussed were proposed summer 2023 facilities projects, which include renovations to the Townline/School of Dual Language library and security enhancements to the District Office, and an amendment to the Arbor Food Service agreement. 

Superintendent’s Report
For Dr. Pete Hannigan’s Superintendent Report, he shared that the district will stop offering take-home SHIELD Covid tests because we have seen a sharp decline in participation since the beginning of the school year. Additionally, because the district moved to a contagious notification system for Covid-19 similar to what we use for flu and pink eye, the district will stop updating the district-wide Covid-19 dashboard after the Dec. 15, 2022 update.

Action Items
The board voted to approve the district’s recommended tax levy resolution. The board also approved contracts for construction at Hawthorn Elementary North, which is scheduled to begin as soon as the 2022-2023 school year ends.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Jan. 19, 2023, at the District Office.