Board of Education Announces Purchase of New High School Site on Interstate Drive

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 7:52pm

At a special meeting Monday night, the Champaign Unit 4 School District Board of Education unanimously approved the purchase of 80 acres of land for a new high school on Interstate Drive next to the Ashland Park subdivision.

The purchase price for the land amounted to $3.2 million. The District will use funds set aside from the county-wide 1% sales tax for the purchase of new land, and will seek to supplement these funds with the sale of excess property. The Promises Made, Promises Kept Committee, comprised of community members, has been overseeing the funds from the 1% sales tax to ensure they are being used as promised.

While the purchase of the land will be funded through existing funding streams, a referendum would be required to fund the construction of the new high school facility. Moving forward, the Board and Administration will work with the Central students, parents, and faculty as well as community partners to more clearly define the programs the new school would support. Capacity and programmatic needs will determine the cost of constructing the new school. In the coming months, the Board will also present to the community a plan for the current Central High School as well as an updated long-term District facilities plan.

More information on the site selection process can be found on the New Central High School Site Information page on our website.