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Boundary Updates

At the October 27, 2014, Board of Education meeting Superintendent Nick Brown provided the Board of Education and community a revised boundary presentation based on the feedback given to the administrative team at the previous Board meeting on October 14, 2014.

Under the revised proposals existing families will be allowed to attend the same school. See the complete story here.

The Board of Education will review and discuss the new boundary concepts 2A and 3A again at the Board meeting at 7 p.m. November 10, 2014, in the district office, and review any changes made based on the discussion at the October 27 Board meeting.  Another item for discussion will be the issue of siblings at the elementary level.  The Board of Education is expected to make a final decision on school boundaries at a meeting in December.

Reorganization Committee Details School Options

Within a month the Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is expected to make a decision on a school option for it’s district. Parents are encouraged to attend a 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 meeting at Middle School North to hear details about three options the school board will consider. Childcare is provided.

For details on these options, please visit the Hawthorn District 73 website, which provides an overview of the options as well as their benefits and challenges– Neighborhood Schools, 5 Choice Schools, Relocating Schools – and why grade level schools are no longer being considered an option for the district. The website offers parents an opportunity to provide their input into each of the options.

  At Tuesday’s public forum parents will also have the opportunity to offer input into the options before the school board makes its decision.

Board Decisions Regarding Direction to the Reorganization Committee

Following are decisions by the board regarding direction to the Reorganization Committee after reflecting on the proposed strategic plan:

  1. Full day kindergarten at all schools.  The Board would like the Reorganization Committee to explore the opportunity to provide a full day kindergarten program for all students.
  2. Grandfather clause.  The community has provided consensus.  They would like current students to be grandfathered into their current school.  The Board of Education would like the Reorganization Committee to determine how to grandfather students into their current schools.  If not possible, the Board wants a compelling rationale why it would not work.
  3. Dual Language.  The School of Dual Language is a curriculum program school as opposed to a choice.  The board has affirmed that any reorganization recommendations include the School of Dual Language as it currently exists (K-5) and has asked for more information to be gathered from the DL community to determine whether there is community interest in expansion of the program to K-8.
  4. School Choice.  The Board of Education has agreed that the current state of school choice is not supported nor in alignment with the newly proposed strategic plan.  They are open to other choice possibilities in the future.  The Board is directing the Reorganization Committee to not maintain the current choice model in the reorganization plan.

Strategic Plan to be Discussed at Monday’s Board Meeting

Please be informed that at Monday’s Board of Education meeting, the School Board will begin discussion on the proposed strategic plan that has been developed by the Strategic Plan Committee. Included in this conversation will be how this proposed plan provides guidance to the Reorganization Committee on many important issues that face the district.

Hawthorn to Develop Strategic Plan

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