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.