Special Committee on Facilities
The Unit 4 Board of Education has voted to place a question on the November 8, 2016 ballot that will ask voters to approve $183.4 million in school facilities funding. If approved, the District will utilize $25 million in fund balance to accomplish $208.4 million in repairs and improvements to Unit 4 schools.
Projects included in the referendum are the renovation and expansion of Champaign Central High School, Centennial High School, Edison Middle School, International Prep Academy, South Side Elementary School, and the reconstruction of Dr. Howard Elementary School on its current site.
The Board will also begin the process of establishing a staff and community-led oversight committee upon the passage of the referendum to ensure taxpayer dollars are used as promised by the Board of Education. An exploratory committee will also be formed to vet options for fundraising to support certain aspects of the construction.
The projects brought forward were identified and analyzed by a committee of key community stakeholders called the Tier Two Committee for Facility Planning that aimed to assess the District’s facility needs and formulate a long-range plan to address those needs.
Information on these planning efforts and the referendum can be found at facilityplanning.champaignschools.org.
Community members may register to vote at the Champaign County Clerk’s Office or by completing the online application.https://ova.elections.il.gov/
Collaborative Planning Process
This year, the Board of Education formed a Special Board Committee to provide recommendations on a long term facility plan. This committee consisted of two tiers. Tier One consisted of faculty and staff from the District. The charge of this committee was to identify need for capacity and programming at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Tier Two consisted of representatives from elected bodies of local government, the business community, and at large community members. The charge of the Tier Two Committee was to review recommendations from Tier One, and based on this information provide recommendations to the Board of Education in the following areas: location of facilities, collaborations/partnerships with other public entities in the Champaign Unit #4 District, and finance/referendum schedule.