Welcome to the Hawthorne Public Schools 
Referendum Homepage


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!  As many of you are aware, the official referendum results show that voters have overwhelmingly approved the Hawthorne Public School District's $24.4 Million District-Wide Facilities Referendum Program with 1412 Yes votes (68.7%) and 643 No votes (31.3%).

We are very appreciative of the overwhelming voter support and truly excited about the future of the Hawthorne Public Schools. The items in this referendum will provide much needed facility, safety and security upgrades as well as state of the art educational spaces for students in all five of our schools. On behalf of everyone in the Hawthorne Public Schools, we want to thank our parents and community members for supporting this referendum and the children of this community.

With sincere thanks,

Richard A. Spirito
Superintendent of Schools


Based on our initial estimates, we had anticipated that the impact on the average assessed home in Hawthorne would be approximately $82.91 per year.

After the sale of the bonds this number ($82.91) decreased due to lower interest rates than anticipated which reduced the overall savings over the life of the bonds. Based on the new interest rate, community members would realize a $13 per year savings and could now expect a yearly impact of $69.91. 

However, we were also informed that the savings in the first year would be the largest at a savings of $32.70. Which means the increase to taxes in year one will be $50.21.

Original estimated tax increase.....$82.91
Year one tax increase after sale of bonds.....$50.21

The referendum projects are scheduled to take approximately three years to complete. We will be working with Solutions Architecture and our Construction Manager to create a schedule of projects each year. We will continue to keep this page updated as to our plans for renovations and upgrades.

The following renovations and upgrades are scheduled to take place during the summer of 2020. 

Hawthorne High School
One to One Chromebook Initiative
Culinary Classroom
Stem Classroom 
Physics Lab

Lincoln Middle School 
One to One Chromebook Initiative 
2nd Floor Science Labs (2)
Media Center
Boiler Replacements

Jefferson School 
Roof Replacement Project
Security Camera Expansion

Roosevelt School 
Roof Replacement Project
Security Camera Expansion

Washington School
Security Camera Expansion


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