Champaign Schools

Champaign Schools

Top of the Morning, Aug. 29, 2018

More than a quarter-century after the dedication of TOMMY STEWART Stewart Field, the son of the late legendary Champaign high school coach will do the honors again.

TOM STEWART JR., who played for his dad at Central, will cut the ribbon at Friday's grand-opening pregame ceremony at the refurbished complex to the west of Centennial High School.

Champaign school Board OKs deal to buy park district land for drainage

CHAMPAIGN — A divided Unit 4 school board signed off on an intergovernmental agreement with the Champaign Park District on Monday, checking off another item from its referendum to-do list.

CERL researcher's work virtually saves Burnham Mansion

CHAMPAIGN — Soon the Burnham Manson will be virtually gone — but will live on forever, virtually.

Crews have been working to strip the mansion before demolition to make room for an $87.1 million expansion of Central High School.

The home at 603 W. Church St. has been there since 1884; Central's building didn't come along for another 50 years.

Miss Illinois pressing on with Miss America preparations

The Miss America contest is changing, and that's for the better, Miss Illinois Grace Khachaturian told two women at a Champaign Panera Bread on a mid-August Friday after a meeting with state Sen. Chapin Rose.

The swimsuit contest is gone. Contestants are now called "candidates." And it's now a "competition" rather than a pageant.

Behind the Blueprints: Central utilities, minority contracts, South Side plans

WARNING: Work on relocating Central High School's utilities may result in traffic delays this weekend.

Park Avenue won't be closed on Saturday, but workers with Ameren Illinois may move into the road at New and Lynn streets during the day, possibly resulting in some delays, Unit 4 officials say.

Park district's proposal for Centennial drainage has Unit 4 thinking land swap

CHAMPAIGN — Talks between the Champaign Park District and Unit 4 officials may turn to land-swapping after a $60,000 price tag for 1 acre of land was floated at Monday night's school board meeting.

City to talk Unit 4 referendum plans

CHAMPAIGN — Two days before school starts in Unit 4, the city council will review a plan for Champaign schools' referendum-related construction, one that includes chopping down trees, removing streetlights and making room for buses.

Playtime's over: It's back-to-school season

Summer ended early for the elementary school kids at Barkstall, Kenwood, Thomasboro and Danville Northeast, where classes are underway. For the rest of the region, break is over in a matter of days. Here's an area-wide glance at when school starts.


Arthur Christian

Arthur district

Danville High (freshmen)

Prairieview-Ogden district

Delays may spill into school year, but Central makeover finally 'real'

To Anna LeGrande, the sight of construction work outside her daughter's high school has been a treat — even if it comes with traffic delays throughout August.

"I really wanted Central to stay Central, and I'm happy that they're finally getting going," she said. "It's real."

New neighbors, tight quarters for two Champaign elementaries

CHAMPAIGN — One city block, two schools, a busy corner and 800 students.

The temporary move of Dr. Howard Elementary School to the Columbia School building at Bradley Avenue and Neil Street puts it next door to another elementary school, Stratton Academy of the Arts.