Friday, March 31, 2017

Election Day is Tuesday, April 4

Don't forget to vote on April 4, 2017! Check out the County Clerk's website for electoral information, including sample ballots.

This spring, the Champaign Unit 4 School Board has 3 seats to fill. The terms of current members Lynn Stuckey and Jonathan Westfield are ending, and the seat to which Gianina Baker was appointed (after the departure of Laurie Bonnett) now must be filled by the voters.

As it happens, 3 candidates are running uncontested for these 3 open seats. While electoral suspense may be low as a result, I want to make sure that our community is introduced to the 3 capable people who will be joining (or rejoining) the Board of Education after the election. They will be sworn in at our Board meeting on April 24, 2017, after the County Clerk has certified the election results.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Nicole Lafond, the author of these three candidate profiles. She has been the designated education reporter at the News-Gazette as long as I have served on the Board. She has sat through umpteen meetings without ever looking bored, asked relevant questions, filed timely and thorough stories, and even laughed at our jokes. Nicole is leaving C-U in May to begin a Masters program in Journalism at Columbia University -- we congratulate her and wish her all the best!


Next meeting of the School Board: Monday, April 10, 2017

We meet in the Mellon Building, 703 S. New St. (next to South Side Elementary School) at 5:30pm, with the Open Session beginning closer to 6:00pm. Members of the public are welcome to observe, and to address the Board (for up to 3 minutes) during the designated public comment period.

You can find the meeting agenda here on BoardDocs by navigating to the "Meetings" tab, clicking on the meeting date, and then clicking "View the Agenda." (Be sure to click on each agenda item to bring up additional information or description, including any attached documents.)

The schedule of Board meetings is available here; meeting minutes are posted here (once they are approved at a later meeting); and meeting videos can be viewed here.

For the latest news and announcements from Unit 4, visit the district website:

For the latest information on referendum facilities projects, check out