Making the cut for Central site

And the winner is ...

Champaign residents need to pay attention because the process for selecting a building site for the new Central High School is moving at a quick pace.

Board members narrowed potential sites down to six on Monday. On Dec. 2, they plan to cut the number to three, with the goal of making a final decision on Dec. 9.

Who knows what their final choice will be? But one thing is certain — the proposed new high school will replace Central, but it sure won't be centrally located.

The six finalists are located in and around the Olympian Drive area on the north, by Market Street on the east and by Mattis Avenue on the west.

No one should envy the board members' responsibility to make this decision because it's not an easy one. There almost certainly will be objections to whatever decisions they make. Then again, they ran for office, so this decision goes with the territory.

That said, citizens who have strong feelings about the school site need to share both their opinions and the reasons for them.

This is a long-term, costly process, and site selection is not the end. The school district needs voter approval for a substantial property tax increase to pay for a new high school. That, however, is another issue for another day.

The immediate question is where a new high school will be built, and the public needs to speak now.

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