Kathy Richards presenting her petition to the Board tonight

Kathy Richards, the author of the petition that I blogged about a few days ago, is bringing her petition to the Board tonight – here is what she has to say:

Greetings, and thanks to all of you for signing and sharing my petition about the future location of Central High School.

Consider joining me in person tomorrow (Monday, November 10) at 6:00pm when I deliver this petition to the Unit 4 School Board.

I plan to speak during the Public Comment portion of the meeting, which should occur soon after 6:00pm, and I would love to have some friendly faces in the audience. Your presence will help show the board that there is broad community support for changing the proposed site for a new Central high school.

If any of you would also like to speak, you can fill out a comment card before the meeting and you will get 3 minutes of time to say your piece.

Just remember: however different our opinions might be, we all share the same goal of providing a first-class education to Unit 4 students. Let’s work together to make it happen!

Champaign Unit 4 Board of Education Regular Meeting
Mellon Administrative Center
703 S. New St. (Champaign)
6:00pm (Executive Session at 5:30pm)


The Board Agenda can be found on BoardDocs, but you will have to manually drill down a little to find it:

  • Go here: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/champil/board.nsf/public
  • Click on “Nov 10” in the left column
  • Click on “View agenda” that appears on the right
  • The agenda itself will appear on the left; line item details will appear on the right as you click on them. Note that this time around most line items have documents attached for further reading.


Also, just a reminder that Kerris Lee plans to be at Cafe Kopi this morning starting at 10:30 am; he is making himself available to talk about the referendum for anyone that is interested.


And finally, there is possibly a grass-roots “board candidate” group starting up this week for the purpose of finding board candidates next April (2015) and to discuss board member qualities that are desired. Anyone interested can join us at Houlihans tentatively scheduled for Thursday October November 13th at 1:15 pm. We plan to have more chats/dialogs, perhaps even online for those that cannot be physically present. Feel free to ask questions – we won’t be hiding anything under a stone. More to follow.


10 Responses to “Kathy Richards presenting her petition to the Board tonight”

  1. pattsi Says:


  2. charlesdschultz Says:

    Thanks, fixed.

  3. kshannon617 Says:

    I’ll be there.

  4. charlesdschultz Says:

    Just a note, a rather immature individual (or small group of immature folks) has/have been padding the petition with blatantly false and sometimes obnoxious names. It is sad that folks try to disrupt a legitimate form of expression with crap.

    • Kathy R. Says:

      Just a reminder that online petitions are a little more complicated than I realized when I got this ball rolling. I think this particular petition has served its purpose.

  5. Kathy R. Says:

    And I will come to Houlihans on Thursday.

  6. Kathy R. Says:

    Well, I used my 3 minutes, cracked jokes about Internet trolls, and handed over the names. There were 6 or 7 other signers in the audience, which was a great bonus. The board members were gracious but otherwise the referendum was not on the agenda.

    Ms. Chalifoux did address the petition obliquely when she commented a little later that people needed to bring solutions to the board instead of asking them for (yet another) solution. She said she wished that people would inform themselves about the past years of this debate so they could understand why other options had been rejected.

    I certainly appreciate how tiresome it must get for those in the know to have to answer the same questions over and over. However, as an insider, she must not realize how horribly difficult it is for members of the public to access even a fraction of this information.

  7. pattsi Says:

    I agree with Christine and have been urging this for some time. People ought to be creating visuals of possible alternatives–drawings, written scenarios, constructed budgets based on certain assumptions, timelines for next referendum, alternative referenda, etc.

  8. Collaboration and compromise | Citizen4: A citizen's blog about Champaign Unit 4 Says:

    […] Kathy Richards presented her petition to the Board (Nov 10 BOE meeting). I have been waiting for it to pop up on Vimeo, but I might just […]

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