a twist: four potential sites announced as future Central locations

The CGTV recording of tonight’s Board meeting is mucked up, but Mr. Hohman will be posting it to Vimeo ASAP now posted here. (Also, the December 2nd Vimeo is now up: https://vimeo.com/81435488 – Holly Nelson spoke at this meeting about the high school sites, I encourage you to listen) Following Meg Dickinson’s live coverage (via Twitter and her LIVE article), we learn that the board is considering four sites, not three. And then to top it off, we learn that the Board has revealed the four sites (as opposed to their earlier statement about not disclosing anything). According to Meg’s running commentary, it sounds like they board had some good discussion with the Gorski-Reifsteck consultants as well.

From Stephanie:

re: http://www.champaignschools.org/news-room/article/6394

At Monday’s meeting, the Board of Education announced its top four sites for a new Central High School, each located along Olympian Drive. Members of the architectural firm Gorski-Reifsteck presented on each of these top sites and presented a summary of the work completed to help narrow the selection. The Board will be selecting their top site in closed session and will announce the site once negotiations have been finalized.

After many years of discussion and research–including the Future Facilities community engagement efforts last school year, a transportation study by the Regional Planning Commission, and the Central High School Town Hall Meeting–the Board of Education has been working with Gorski-Reifsteck Architects to objectively select a site for the new Central High School.

“As a Board, we understand the lasting impact the new high school location will have on our community,” said Board of Education President Laurie Bonnett. “We’ve spoken with our students and families and we know how important it is to them to include all of the amenities of a high school on one site. We want to build a high school to fit our students’ needs and allow room to grow in the future. We are committed finding solutions to maximize community involvement at any of the final sites.”

As part of this process, the firm asked Board members to individually score site factors based on their level of importance. This information was used to identify the available sites that best meet the needs of the school district. Upon considering the amenities necessary to deliver a comprehensive high school program, Gorski-Reifsteck determined that the high school would require at least 47 acres to support the facilities and another 6-9 acres to handle site drainage, for a total of approximately 56 acres total for a new high school.

A team of engineers associated with Gorski-Reifsteck is also in the process of examining sites to uncover any hidden costs, with the goal of providing the Board with the true cost of selecting any of the final sites.

The final sites include the following site numbers: #4, #5, #6, #13

Please view the attached map that includes outlines of the final sites.

FinalHSSitesMap

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8 Responses to “a twist: four potential sites announced as future Central locations”

  1. charlesdschultz Says:

    is it just me, or does it seem kinda weird that the official announcement of the four sites is well polished and “ready to go”, when the public was led to believe that 1) there were only three sites, and 2) the Board was going to keep tight lips about it. I don’t know what to make of that. Is the the right hand not talking to the left hand?

  2. Beth V. Says:

    Who currently owns each plot of land.Cui bono.

  3. charlesdschultz Says:

    I learned that each plot of land is owned by different owners, but I was not given any specifics. I’ll ask again.

  4. Karen Says:

    Four sites in ONE area. May as well be one site. So ‘generation green’ wants acres upon acres, huh. How 21st Century of them. Who does Ms. Bonnet include when she states: ‘our families?’ The community potentially paying for this is much larger than the students/families currently at Central. Also, as a general rule it’s probably best not to rely too heavily upon minors with limited financial literacy to guide big ticket projects. Keep it insular, though, and keep on keeping on with this the sky’s the limit approach. Just don’t be surprised if the funding from families other than ‘yours’ doesn’t come through. There’s always going to another ‘most important thing’ case to be made when hitting up tax payers for more money. That’s where long-range planning might come in handy (the dreadful Common Core State Standards are going to be another ‘most important thing’/’do it for the kids’ tax increase hit even though the only pay-off to be realized from it will be the profits of the education industry). But, I’m spitting in the wind at this point. These kids with the big want lists (were there no critical thinking economics exercises in this for them? teachable moments…) in a school seem unaware of the (national) debt load they will be shouldering for years to come. And, unfortunately, the responsible adults guiding this process seem to be big spenders too (quite the Illinois thing to do, I guess!).

  5. Karen Says:

    Why not go ‘top tier?’ This shouldn’t be rhetorical, but, rather, a question answered through research (knowledge/facts WRT the tax base and the personal budgets of members of it–Affordable Care Act not affordable, anyone?) and critical thinking exercise. Parallel it to all the green ‘education,’ if need be. A resource. Sustainability issues. Never mind. This generation of students is going to be crushed by the debt burden they seemingly aren’t aware that they will be carrying the rest of their lives. A very depressing form of lifelong learning in store for them IMO. But, once again, I’m spitting in the wind…

  6. charlesdschultz Says:

    Vimeo of the December 9th meeting now available:
    http://vimeo.com/81468803

  7. Jennifer Says:

    As someone who is not part of the Urbana community, this issue does not affect me. I did grow up in Champaign and attended Central. Perhaps I’ve missed the information, but my greatest concern are for families with no transportation. How do kids safely ride their bikes and walk to the new high school? How long will it take kids in south Champaign to get to school? Has the city been in the conversation related to increased traffic? North Prospect and north Neil are already congested. Has MTD been in the conversation about increased bus routes? If we are bussing all of the students, then what is the increased cost in transportation? This is what I would want to know about.


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