Champaign school board hires new facilities director


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CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district has a new director of facilities.

The school board voted 7-0 Monday night to appoint David Lund as director of facilities, effective today.

Lund, 43, comes to Champaign from the Boone-Winnebago Regional Office of Education in northern Illinois, where he served as director of alternative education programs.

"I look at this as an opportunity," he said. "The passion the district has for the direction it is going with regards to its facilities is amazing. The reason we are here is to provide opportunities for kids to be successful in the classroom and take on the initiatives the district has given us."

In Champaign, he will be paid $82,138 a year.

Lund's hiring follows the controversial dismissal of his predecessor, Tim Popovich.

More than 100 people turned out for the May 22 school board meeting after Popovich's dismissal to protest the district's decision.

In other business, the board voted to spend $240,000 to buy the property at 615 W. Church St., which is near Central High School, from K. Weiss Lancaster. It had already paid $5,000 for an option to buy the property; that will be deducted from the sale price.


Tim Mitchell is a reporter at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@mitchell6).