Family Information Center


Dr. Marshall K. Berner Family Information Center

1103 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Bridging the Gap between Families, the Community, & Schools

The Family Information Center was created to centralize the student assignment process and assist parents in making informed decisions about the schools they would like their children to attend. Staff at the center strive to make the process of school selection as simple and informative as possible. We can all be as separate as the fingers on our hands, but we are more powerful when we come together for a common cause. The worthy cause that brings us together is our children.

- Doretha Simmons ,  Director of Family Services


Family Information Center Named after Retired Superintendent

Dr. Marshall K. Berner, superintendent of the Champaign Unit 4 School District from 1967-1979 and namesake of the Center, was honored posthumously.

Cleveland Hammonds, former Champaign Community Unit School District #4 Assistant Superintendent, Richard Foley, Judge Harold Baker, David Session, and Richard Alexander, former school board members, and Murphy McKinney, Alvin Griggs, and Hester Suggs, former District principals, were among the individuals nominating Dr. Berner for this recognition. The late 60’s and 70’s were tumultuous times known for divided opinions on topics related to civil rights and desegregation. Dr. Berner demonstrated courage and outstanding leadership as he led the board, community, and school system through the desegregation process in Champaign program.

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