What's next on new Central location?

What's next on new Central location?

Getting voters on board isn't the only item on the new Central High agenda. Other priorities:

1. Hire an architectural firm. Bids were due Thursday; interviews will take place over the next few weeks, with the school board making its recommendation by the end of February.

2. Meet with MTD. The district's decades-long bus partner couldn't provide projected cost figures until the site was final, superintendent Judy Wiegand said. The district will also look at the feasibility of increasing services in its own transportation department.

3. Pay off the land. Half of the 80 acres is the property of the Atkins Group; half is owned by Champaign's Ponder family. Each will receive a down payment, with the full amount ($1.6 million each) due at closing in the fall.

4. Extend Neil Street. A sign declaring "ROAD ENDS" (or "BROAD BENDS," care of a graffiti artist) is a reminder that the street at the west border of the Central site needs to be paved.

5. Spruce it up. Look for "Future Site of Central High School" signs to go up in the weeks ahead, giving the barren land some personality.

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just_wondering wrote on January 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

6. Prepare for the inevitable lawsuits challenging the location.

CU_townie_2_time_UI_grad wrote on January 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Since I believe there are no suitable infill options, I will be voting "yes."

ronaldo wrote on January 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

7.  Go back to the drawing board when the referrendum fails.

RickLanglois wrote on August 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

#8. Rename it Champaign Edge High School.

I understand that Central needs help but moving to the edge of town brings too many problems, principally with regards to transportation. More specifically, healthy alternatives to transportation via the automobile. Progressive communities want healthy transportation alternatives and this edge plan excludes that possibility.

I have participated in community planning events for a ten years now, such as Big.Small.All, and without exception the community has clearly indicated that it wants a well organized, livable community with easy, sustainable, transportation alternatives. Moving Central HS to the north edge of town ignores this well expressed community desire.

Rick Langlois

Vice President, Champaign County Bikes