The new Central will be on north Neil Street

80 acres. Wow!

Tim Mitchell did a great job covering the board meeting “live”:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-27/live-champaign-school-board.html

Jeff D’Alessio obviously had an inside scoop and an article ready to go:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-27/new-central-location-revealed.html

I watched the first part of the board meeting – no public comments at all about the high schools. Interesting.

What initially intrigues me is that it seems that the 80 acres we are buying for $3.2 mil is actually a combination of two sites (Ponder + Atkins), based on this image:

https://thecitizen4blog.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/highschool_sites_explained1.png

Interesting that the Board decided to purchase two sites, committing money that we do not yet have.

Well….. this will be fun. There is going to be a war between those who want to expand and grow versus those who want to improve and make better what we already have. I have my own feelings, but I am still looking for numbers and hard research. Today I got to looking at the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS), and it turns out I work not 25 feet from one of the folks who put a lot of work into the most recent study (they are done every 5 years). They stress a lot of sustainability options + rail, vs what happens when growth takes a higher priority than maintenance. I intend to do a bit more reading in the near future.

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Agenda for the Sept 24th Board Meeting is up

I happened to notice that the next Board Meeting (Sept 24th) has been posted on BoardDocs. A few interesting things on the agenda, other than the Public Hearing on the Budget – here is the list for “New Business”:

A. Superintendent Book Study Report: Dr. Judy Wiegand/Lisa Monda-Amaya/A.J. Welton
B. High School Options/Facilities Update: Dr. Judy Wiegand
C. Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP): Orlando Thomas
D. School Board Election – Calendar of Events: Sue Grey
E. Salary and Benefit Information for Administrators: Ken Kleber

Only B and E have attachments (so far). The High School update includes the addition of a new site under consideration; “this site is Atkins Mattis Avenue, located in the northwest area of Champaign”. Hmm… anything to do with the MAC? =) Didn’t see that one coming, did we?

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