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Hawthorn Highlights - January 19, 2023 Meeting

Hawthorn Highlights - January 19, 2023 Meeting

The Hawthorn District 73 Board of Education met on Jan. 19, 2023, for its regular monthly meeting for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Below are the highlights.


As part of the #HawthornHits100 celebration, Principals Carol Bennett (Lincoln Early Learning Center) and Katie Waggoner (Elementary North) presented the time capsules their students put together to commemorate Hawthorn’s 100-year anniversary.


Board President Robin Cleek recognized Superintendent Dr. Pete Hannigan for his selection as a Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). The distinction is awarded to superintendents with five years of experience or less as a superintendent, and who demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. 


There were no Presentations at this board meeting. 

Discussion Items

There were no Discussion Items at this board meeting.

Superintendent’s Report

For Dr. Pete Hannigan’s Superintendent Report, he informed the board that the district will host a Kindergarten Information Night on January 31, 2023 at 6 pm at Hawthorn Middle North. He shared important dates with the board, including that kindergarten registration will open on February 8, 2023.

Action Items

Dr. Hannigan discussed the questions submitted by parents and community members in regard to the proposed schedule for seven-hour instructional days. Since sending information to families on December 20, the district has received 28 total submissions, which broadly fell into six categories: Calendar, curriculum, early release, extracurriculars, middle school arrival, snack/lunch, and transportation. Of those 28 submissions, 23 requested an administrator to contact them to discuss their question. Hawthorn administrators have spoken to most of these parents, and have left messages for those that did not answer. The district is posting a Frequently Asked Questions page to the website with answers to the most common questions received on January 25, 2023.

  • The board approved the district’s recommended schedule for seven-hour instructional days in grades K-8 beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.

  • The board approved the 2023-2024 student calendar.

  • The board approved the proposal to send summer facility projects out for bid.

  • The board approved a food service contract amendment.

Additional Topics for Future Meetings

Vice President Wes Polen inquired about articulation between the elementary and middle school, and the middle school and high school.

Mr. Karl Borchers asked to hear more about the process of becoming a substitute teacher.

Mr. Joel Finfer asked the board to look at the school board member oath of office. Vice President Wes Polen will explore other options.


The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Feb. 9, 2023, at the District Office.