Hearing on school location set for Spalding neighborhood

Hearing on school location set for Spalding neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district is hosting an informal meeting for residents of the Spalding Park neighborhood about the possibility of using the park and surrounding area to build a new Central High School.

The meeting is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Franklin Middle School gymnasium.

School district representatives will be available to talk to the residents, and informational materials will be provided.

Pizza will be provided, and individuals and families are welcome to attend any time during the two-hour period.

District spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart said the district is considering two sites: the Spalding Park area and a site at Interstate Drive and Neil Street.

"It is very important for us to hear from the residents in this area before making any final decisions," Superintendent Judy Wiegand said in a written release. "We are in the business of serving families and we need to truly hear from the families and residents in this area to see if building a high school at Spalding Park is something they would support. We also want to hear their questions and concerns regarding the possible acquisition of homes."

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