Early reaction to siting of new Champaign high school
On Monday, the Champaign school district announced where it wants to build a new high school, northeast of Neil Street and Interstate Drive.
Some early reaction:
WDWS host Jim Turpin said he received 13 calls about Champaign Central's proposed new site during Tuesday's "Penny For Your Thoughts" show.
All 13 weighed in against the selection.
Here's more reaction:
We asked online readers: Are you OK with Central's new site? With well over 1,000 votes, about three out of every five who voted said "no."
Here's what people were saying on our News-Gazette page:
— "$40,000 an acre?"
— "Shocker...they want a referendum. I'm tired of paying too much in taxes to the school district! How about not paying administrators such high salaries and not being so top heavy with administration in all of the schools?!"
— "...and let the rants begin! School district is going to criticized wherever they choose to build school."
— "Do you know what large parcel of land is smack dab where Dejong Richter said the median center student density is located?"
In the first 18 hours after the story was posted on our website, comments were running about 2-to-1 against some aspect of the decision. A sampling:
— Since I believe there are no suitable infill options, I will be voting "yes."
— I too will be voting NO, however not because of the location but because of the amount of amenities the district thinks it needs for this school.
— Spoken like someone who's never taught in an 80 year old high school! It's interesting that people are coming out of the woodwork to criticize this choice when they had years - literally, years - to provide input on this decision. Everyone says "Think creatively!", "Make it central!" Why didn't you Think Creatively! and propose ideas to Make it central! back then?
— Who was the genius that decided to put a high school just north of Market Place Mall? These kids are going to be skipping school and going to the mall. And the food court will be overrun by the students at lunchtime. This was the worst choice.
Voting no. Property taxes already too high...the costs for this venture will keep adding up ... including paying for the road and lights that don't exist. Why so much land next to a power substation and Fed Ex trucking location? How is traffic goingt o work? Walking ? Like a private high school for Ashland Park developers. Don't see any highly paid administrators offering to take lower salaries to make this happen.
— I don't understand what is so wrong with this plan. The current Central high school is an ancient building that has served its purpose and thensome. Having a new school campus that can accomodate more kids with better facilities seems like a pretty obvious next step.
— Elizabeth German @eligerman
@Unit4Schools not very central, eh?
— Joyce Thomas @JTmusician77
@Unit4Schools no students will be able to walk there. Ties every student to busses or cars- haves and have-nots. Bad idea.