Managing Editor Jeff D'Alessio lets the experts do the talking.
On Monday, we'll find out where the state-of-the-art new Champaign Central will be — if taxpayers agree to foot a bulk of the bill.
Proposed price tag: $80-something million.
Just for fun, we asked other high school principals from across the area: If money were no object, what's the one physical improvement you'd make?
Phil Morrison, Unity
His dream: A fieldhouse with an indoor track, fitness center and courts.
"At Unity, we really have everything we need and most of the things that we want. (But) in a perfect world, having an indoor/outdoor pool to go along with it would be nice."
Chris Garard, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley
His dream: A 1,500-seat auditorium — with a parking deck.
"We could host district-wide assemblies, concerts, graduations and other performances without having to tell parents, grandparents and friends that there isn't enough seating available. The parking deck would be the icing on the cake because we could also allow parking on-site and not 2-3 blocks away."
Mary Ann Manos, Villa Grove
Her dream: A 10- to 12-lane all-weathertrack, two tennis courts and a full outdoor sports complex with a competition pool, backed up to a full, professional-level theater with arena seating and an outdoor amphitheater.
"Please remember: Small, rural schools have a daily diet of the bare essentials. Dreaming of the most extravagant extracurricular facility helps keep us alive. How I wish our students could experience that quality of a schooling experience."
Phil Cox, Danville
His dream: Laptops for all.
"One of the four houses at DHS, Danville New Tech, already as a 1-to-1 student-to-laptop ratio and I have seen the benefits. It would be great to extend it to all teachers and the entire student body. Our students have grown up with technology at their fingertips."
John Lawrence, Blue Ridge
His dream: An all-weather track, so the Knights didn't have to hit the road for every competition.
"We still have a cinder one, and not too many schools are interested in a 'throwback meet.' They all don't like to run on cinders anymore. I guess they just don't appreciate 'Chariots of Fire' — or maybe they haven't seen the movie.
"This could be a great place to let Farmer City residents walk before or after school, or anytime the students are not using it. In addition, our marching band could host some contests.Because of the cinders causing the uniforms to get dirty, we are unable to host."
Brad Russell, Georgetown- Ridge Farm
His dream: Technology galore.
"Upgrading our infrastructure and capabilities to handle 1:1 would be the first want. Teachers would have a say in what types of technologies would be added to their classrooms. Each student entering GRHS would have a tablet. I would create a technology hub, much like a media center or library. It would be a comfortable place for students to come and study, work together or just hang out."
Brian Brooks, St. Joseph-Ogden
His dream: A dedicated auditorium.
"Right now, we use the stage that is in our original 1926 section of the building that also used to be the school's only gymnasium, for all our fine arts productions. That space is also shared with our wrestlers during the winter. It would be really nice to have a separate true auditorium for our fine arts students to be able to show off their many talents, as well as give our wrestlers their own dedicated space."
Ryan Bustle, St. Thomas More
His dream: Another building.
"Building another structure would allow us to upgrade our science facilities and provide more space for our fine arts courses, as well as house a junior high — that would be incredible."
Todd Wilson, Rantoul
His dream: A multi-purpose community room.
"We could use the space during the day for educational purposes. In the evening time, we could open it up to parent or community organizations that are interested in helping the school. Any time we can get the community and parents into the school, it is a positive."
Lisa Sigrist, Arcola
Her dream: iPads all around — for starters.
"I would love to be able to equip all of our classrooms with the latest technology, upgrade our infrastructure, and put iPads and laptops in the hands of every student. Acquiring 21st century skills is essential for the success of all of our students, and equipping our students with the right tools to use is the first step in leading the way to a great education."
Ryan Peyton, Heritage
His dream: A renovated library
"It would be full of great resources, wireless technology and comfortable furniture. This would provide a relaxing space for our students and promote collaboration, research and dialogue."
Tim Lee, Oakwood
His dream: A unified athletic complex on school-owned grounds.
"Many of our athletic facilities are older and are spread throughout the district. It would be nice to update them all and bring them into one place."
Brad Allen, Tuscola
His dream: A separate facility.
"To have a facility, personnel and necessary funding to provide after-school and weekend programs for our K-12 students could be found toward the top of our list. Creating a place for our students to go when school is not in session and receive tutoring, enrichment and positive social activities would bridge a gap in some of our students' lives."