Champaign Schools to Host Community Dialogue for Input on Facilities Options


Thu, 01/24/2013 - 9:32am

Champaign Unit 4 School District will host two Future Facilities Community Dialogue sessions on February 12 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The Community Dialogue invites all community members, students, teachers, parents, and business owners to offer their input on possible options for updating or replacing some of the District’s aging school buildings. 

Topics of discussion will include: options for a new or renovated Central High School; options for renovation/construction at Centennial High School, the three middle schools, and South Side and Dr. Howard Elementary Schools; and alternative grade configurations. 

The District has worked throughout the school year with public engagement firm DeJong-Richter to conduct a series of community meetings, an in-depth demographic study, focus groups, and a phone survey to develop the options that will be presented February 12. The feedback collected at the Community Dialogue will inform the Future Facilities Steering Committee’s final recommendation to the Superintendent. Superintendent Wiegand intends to bring forward her final recommendation to the Board of Education later this spring. 

“Community input is critical to this process, and we hope that all community members will review the options and let their voices be heard,” said Superintendent Dr. Judy Wiegand. “We are a growing District at a critical point with some of our aging school buildings. Our goal is for the recommendation brought forward to the Board to truly reflect our community and values.”

The information presented will also be available at the project’s website ( after February 12 and community members may also offer feedback via the online survey for two weeks following the Community Dialogue. 

Interpreters will be available for Spanish, French, and Korean speakers. Free shuttle transportation will also be available to and from the Shadow Wood neighborhood and the Douglass Community Center for each session. Literacy activity tables will also be available for kids who attend. 

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