Savoy annex Unity map

The village of Savoy has annexed the area near the intersection of Airport Road and First Street shaded in red; the current village limits are shaded in black. The new area will be the first part to include homes in the Unity school district, shown in orange; the rest of the village is within the Champaign school district, shown in purple.

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SAVOY — Savoy is becoming a two-school-district village, courtesy of an annexation agreement approved by the village’s board of trustees.

Nearly all of Savoy remains in the Champaign school district, but the 16-acre Coyote Run subdivision at the southwest corner of First Street and Airport Road that’s being annexed falls within the boundaries of the Unity school district, according to Village President John Brown.

The original 20-year pre-annexation agreement, set to expire Feb. 6, calls for the subdivision to be annexed once it’s contiguous to village boundaries, which it has been for several years, Brown said.

Brown said Coyote Run has just a handful of homes in it, and some homeowners objected to the annexation at Wednesday’s board meeting, as did Trustee Jan Niccum.

Niccum said he objected because the residents living in the subdivision were likely unaware that they were subject to eventual annexation when they built their homes, given that the pre-annexation agreement is 20 years old.

Both Niccum and Brown said there are families who would like to build homes at the edge of Savoy but in the Unity district because they don’t want their kids in Champaign schools.

“A lot of people want to live in Savoy, but hate Champaign schools,” Niccum said.

He doesn’t see the annexation of the Coyote Run subdivision opening a floodgate, but he does see it opening a door, he said.

“This is the first piece of property that we’ve taken in that is in Unit 7 schools,” Niccum said.

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