Centennial, Central tours start next week
CHAMPAIGN — Taxpayers who still aren't sure which way they'll vote on Champaign schools' ballot question come Nov. 4 will have weekly opportunities to tour the facilities before Election Day.
Starting next week, both of Champaign's public high schools — Central and Centennial — will host weekly community tours each Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m.
During that one-hour window, guests will be free to speak with administrators and students and observe how teachers are using the spaces, the district says.
"The cliche is, 'A picture is worth a thousand words,' so how much more would an in-person visit be?" Central Principal Joe Williams said Tuesday. "There are so many perceptions of high schools, students, education and school facilities; we want to help people ensure their perceptions aren't misperceptions."
Centennial Principal Greg Johnson said his school's tour would include renovated spaces like the College and Career Center Lecture Hall, plus "older classrooms, offices and labs that have been repurposed to serve our growing population and increasing programming needs."
Earlier this month, the school board passed a resolution to ask voters to approve property tax hikes that would cover the $149 million cost of a brand-new Central and a renovated Centennial.
Those interested in taking part should check in at the main office of the high school they wish to tour.