Panelists for the Sept 30th Town Hall meeting announced

From Stephanie Stuart:

Champaign Community Unit School District #4 Board of Education and Administration will host a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the possible sites for a new Central High School on Monday, September 30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center.

The Town Hall Meeting will feature a panel of volunteer community members who will help to foster meaningful discussion around this topic. Superintendent Dr. Judy Wiegand will give a brief introduction and overview of the work done so far in the Future Facilities process, as well as an overview of the current conditions of Central High School. Board of Education members will be present, but will not run the meeting in order to encourage organic discussion amongst the panelists.

Attendees at the Town Hall will be able to submit written questions to moderator Amanda Porterfield of WCIA 3 News. Participants will also be able to submit questions to the panel via the District’s Facebook and Twitter accounts or submit questions via email to Community Relations Coordinator Stephanie Stuart at stuartst@champaignschools.org. Questions will be selected based on relevancy to the discussion and the panel will discuss as many community questions as possible during the allotted time.

Volunteer Community Member Panelists will include:

  • Alejandra Aguero – Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, University of Illinois College of Business

  • Patricia Avery – President, NAACP Champaign County

  • Imani Bazzell – Director of At Promise…of Success

  • Byron Clark – Sales Manager, Human Kinetics

  • Bruce Knight – Planning & Development Director, City of Champaign

  • Dan McCall – President, Bricklayers Local #8 of Illinois

  • Angie Patton – Marketing Coordinator at the University of Illinois, Edison Middle School PTSA President, and Central High School Parent

  • Bob Porter – Architect

  • Phil Van Ness – Attorney, former Champaign Board of Education member

  • Joe Williams – Principal, Central High School

Much less of an open format than I initially expected. It seems like the panelists will be doing a majority of the talking, after Dr. Wiegand gives an introduction and background. A very interesting cast of characters to say the least. Nobody from Neighborhood Services, nobody representing Garden Hills or any of the neighborhoods north of Bradley….  Also interesting that Ms. Porterfield (WCIA) will be moderating.

I hope you all get involved.

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9 Responses to “Panelists for the Sept 30th Town Hall meeting announced”

  1. pattsi Says:

    This is not a town hall. All those panelists within a two hour window of time. This is a sales pitch.

  2. Rebecca Says:

    I believe the “town hall meeting” is the 30th (as mentioned in the body of your post) not the 23rd (as mentioned in the headline), but could you please verify one way or another? Thanks.

    Also based on the posted map (which I believe you also posted earlier on your blog), I agree this is a sales pitch. There was nothing new on that map. What happened to looking for a “central” site for Central? The district makes it really hard not be be cynical sometimes.

  3. charlesdschultz Says:

    Wow, Rebecca, thanks for catching my glaring mistake – you win the prize for being the first one to say anything about it.

    I think the Clearlake site is new – I do not recall seeing that site before. That site is particularly close to the Garden Hills area and might be attractive for that reason alone. I have heard a lot (emphasis, a LOT) of rumors hinting that the administration and the BOE like the Country Fair site.

  4. Karen Says:

    What is ‘organic discussion’?
    ‘Attendees at the Town Hall will be able to submit written questions…’ Make sure you do and then stifle any more questions that might occur to you during the ‘organic discussion’ by panelists, or else… http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/09/parent_manhandled_by_security_for_asking_question_about_common_core.html

  5. charlesdschultz Says:

    Personally, I am very curious what Pat Avery, Imani, Angie and Phil van Ness have to say. I hope attendees are bold are ask a ton of questions (and by way, some supplemental dialog to be added in would be nice) that spur some much-needed discussion. We will see if that happens. Again, it is up to the attendees to make sure the important questions are asked.

    I am not crazy about the candidate high school site choices we have now; I very much would like to see other options like Imani’s Great Campus idea come back to life (I hope she champions her idea next week); also, would be nice to see three high schools instead of just two. And lastly, I am very curious about the k-8 possibilities, since that also gives us more middle school seats (if, for instance, a current K-5 is converted).

    Pay attention to the RPC study on transportation at tonight’s special board meeting!

  6. craig walker Says:

    Just to correct your assertion that Garden Hills or North Champaign are not represented. Imani lives in Garden Hills and Byron Clark grew up in North Champaign, has substantial relationships there and Pat Avery as NAACP President is also very attuned to the needs of North Champaign. I would say this is a very diverse and interesting committee of people. A refreshing change !

    • charlesdschultz Says:

      @Craig, thanks for the correction – I guess when I looked at the list, I was thinking of corporate representation, but I appreciate that you point out that various individuals do indeed represent interests on the north side. Yes indeed, that aspect is refreshing indeed!

  7. pattsi Says:

    T.J. Blakeman favors the County Fair site. I am not certain how this serves the whole community placing the replacement HS within a football throw from the only other HS in the community.tow
    I understand Craig’s comments, but I do not see what all of these people have to do with the advertised concept of a town hall when the public is supposed to be able to have their chance to express thoughts/ideas/opinions.

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