Welcome to the Central High School Relocation Study

The Champaign Unit 4 School District is currently considering options for the future of the two high schools, Central and Centennial. The district will likely remodel or rebuild one or both of the high schools. Many sites throughout the Champaign area have been suggested for a new school to replace Central. The Central High School Relocation Study aims to enhance discussion in the district by summarizing the pros and cons of various locations. Four studies on social, transportation, environmental and development cost impacts will provide background information for the inventory of tradeoffs.

While the studies are underway, this website will serve as a way for constituents to view drafts of the work and provide feedback. Your comments will help make the study more balanced and improve the quality of the research. Please be courteous towards other commenters and careful with your word choice. Thanks!

Announcement:

Holly will be presenting results from the Environmental Impact and Fiscal Impact analyses, as well as a summary of tradeoffs to the Board of Education on Monday, June 11, 6 PM at the Mellon Building near John and New. Come out to learn more about her research and participate in the discussion.

Currently under review:

Environmental Impact Analysis

Fiscal Impact Analysis

Tradeoffs Summary Booklet

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3 thoughts on “Welcome to the Central High School Relocation Study

  1. Great information Holly! This will provide a lot of information for discussion as this issue is considered in Champaign. It is very helpful to be able to anticipate transportation and social costs, that are usually not considered, when making these long-term decisions.

  2. It would be nice to see data about the existing facility and costs and opportunities available to expand it (even though the Unit 4 BOE has apparently rejected that option). The Urbana school district has slowly acquired property around the Urbana high school campus, which has enabled that district to add classroom space, athletic amenities, and parking even as the facility ages. And while they do not have 50 or 60 acres of land, they have nice amenities that are lacking, without spending nearly 100 million dollars. Perhaps a similar option could be done at Central High School, with property north, east, or west of the current facility.

    • Thanks Robert. For my project I decided to focus on the options that were still available since my time was limited. BLDD architects did a study in 2005 estimating a cost of $31 million to renovate the current building (although it would probably be a bit higher 7 years later). I’m not sure about land prices around the school, but certainly that is something that could be investigated if enough people prefer that option.

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