Champaign Board of Education Discusses Space Needs for Growing Student Population

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 8:01pm

At Monday’s meeting, the Champaign Board of Education heard an update from Gorski Reifsteck/DLR Group about the high school programming and planning process that has taken place in recent weeks.

The Gorski Reifsteck/DLR Group team of architects has worked closely with District teachers and leaders to determine academic programs housed at each school and to ensure adequate space is allocated for the growing student population.

During Monday’s meeting, the following information was shared regarding the spaces that will be needed to accommodate the District’s growing student population:

Central

When Central High School reaches a total enrollment of 1,700 students, the number of additional spaces needed to deliver instruction (as current) will be:

+ 14 Classrooms
+ 1 Small Classroom
+ 8 Science Labs
+ 2 PE Stations

Centennial

When Centennial High School reaches a total enrollment of 1,700 students, the number of additional spaces needed to deliver (as current) will be:

+ 19 Classrooms
+ 3 Small Classrooms
+ 7 Science Labs
+ 5 PE Stations

District

The total number of new High School academic spaces (as currently delivered) to support 3,400 students in 2022:

+ 33 Classrooms
+ 4 Small Classrooms
+ 15 Science Labs
+ 7 PE Stations

Gorski Reifsteck/DLR Group also shared that the recent community phone survey on the District’s facilities has been extended and refined.

The District is currently in the process of evaluating the possibility of building a new Central High School at one of two sites: the Spalding Park site and the site at Interstate Drive and Neil Street, purchased earlier this year. At the meeting, community members were encouraged to participate in the upcoming Spalding Park Community Meeting on June 13 and the Central High School Community Meeting on June 17.

The June 13 meeting will aim to gather feedback from neighbors on the possibility of building a new Central High School at Spalding Park. The Community Meeting at Central High School on June 17 will allow community members to provide input about the high school location as well as educational programming.

More information on this process is available at www.champaignschools.org

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