Champaign school board puts former Marquette School up for sale

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district is putting one of its former school buildings up for sale.

The Champaign school board voted unanimously at its meeting on Monday to pass a resolution directing that the former Marquette School at 203 S. Fifth St., Champaign, be sold.

Community Relations Coordinator Stephanie Stuart said the building was formerly used as an elementary school.

According to the resolution, the gross purchase price for the sale of the property should be at least $1.9 million.

Executive Director of Business Services Matt Foster said the former school is no longer used for school purposes and would be unnecessary, unsuitable and inconvenient to be used in the future for school purposes.

Sealed bids for the property should be sent to Foster at Champaign Unit 4 Schools, 703 S. New St., Champaign, IL 61820.

A second resolution proposing that the former Curriculum Center at 402 N. Randolph Street also be sold was pulled from Monday’s agenda.

In other business:

— New policy approved.

The school board approved a policy on teen dating violence.

The policy defines teen dating violence as a pattern of behavior in which a person threatens to use physical, mental or emotional abuse to control another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both person are 13 to 19 years old, or behavior in which a person uses or threatens to use sexual violence against another person, where one of both persons are 13 to 19 years old.

Under the policy, any district employee who becomes aware of such an incident occurring in school, on school property, at school-sponsored activities or in any school-provided transportation must report it to the principal or a school social worker as soon as possible.

Administrators will then coordinate an investigation and will recommend appropriate discipline.

— Trip to France approved.

The board approved a spring trip to France to be made available to all Central High School students.

The trip allows students the opportunity to experience the French culture, to communicate in French, to explore the sights that France has to offer.

The cost for each participant is $3,737.

— Trip to Costa Rica approved.

The board approved a spring trip to Costa Rica to be made available to all Central and Centennial students who demonstrate a strong interest in languages, cultures, and history.

The trip allows students the opportunity to experience the culture of Costa Rica, to communicate in the language of the country, and to explore the country’s sights.

The cost for each participant is $3,250.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on February 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

For those students who do not have the $3K plus for the trips; they can qualify for a federal assisted trip to Afghanistan following graduation.