Facilities

11/14/16
At tonight's Unit 4 Board of Education meeting, President Chris Kloeppel provided an update to the community on next steps following the approval of the District's $183.4 million school facilities referendum in last week's election.

According to Kloeppel, immediate next steps include:
  • Working with the District's real estate attorney to move forward on the proposed property acquisition around Central High School. 
  • Paul Douglas (Executive Director of Operations) and Arlene Vespa (Capital Projects Supervisor) assessing the District's operations and maintenance structure to ensure adequate support of these projects. This team will bring forward recommendations to the Board of Education on December 12. 
  • Collaborating with architects and construction management on a draft project timeline that will be brought forward to the Board of Education for discussion in the coming months. 
The District will continue to provide updates to the community as the District's construction projects move forward. Subscribe here to receive Unit 4 News and Announcements by email.

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11/8/16
On behalf of Superintendent Wiegand and the Board of Education:

It is our great pleasure to announce that, according to the Champaign County Clerk*, the Unit 4 Facilities Referendum has been decisively approved by voters in our District. In a high turnout election, we are incredibly grateful for all who cast their ballots and for this outpouring of support for our students, faculty, staff, and school community. In the coming weeks the Board will discuss its next steps to move these facility projects forward. We will be sure to keep you up to date as those next steps unfold. Thank you all for your contributions during this planning process that has spanned many years. This is a clear demonstration of our community's confidence in the work our faculty and staff do every day with our students, and the important role our schools play in the future of our community.

*Unofficial results:
YES . . . . . . . . . . 27,324 (65.61%)
NO . . . . . . . . . . . 14,325 (34.39%)
Total . . . . . . . . . . 41,649

Watch Unit 4's website for information on facilities projects as they move from planning to design and then... construction!

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The main source for information on the successful 11/8/16 Facilities Referendum is on Unit 4's website, at
http://facilityplanning.champaignschools.org. See also:

The Unit 4 Board of Education has placed a question on the November 8, 2016 ballot that will ask voters to approve $183.4 million in school facilities funding. If approved, the District will add $25 million in fund balance to accomplish $208.4 million in repairs and improvements to Unit 4 schools.

Projects included in the referendum are the renovation and expansion of Champaign Central High School, Centennial High School, Edison Middle School, International Prep Academy, South Side Elementary School, and the reconstruction of Dr. Howard Elementary School on its current site.

The Board will begin the process of establishing a staff and community-led oversight committee upon the passage of the referendum to ensure taxpayer dollars are used as promised by the Board of Education. An exploratory committee will also be formed to vet options for fundraising to support certain aspects of the construction.

The projects brought forward were identified and analyzed by a committee of key community stakeholders called the Tier Two Committee for Facility Planning that aimed to assess the District’s facility needs and formulate a long-range plan to address those needs.

Community members may register to vote at the Champaign County Clerk’s Office or by completing the online application here: https://ova.elections.il.gov/.

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Other Recent Facilities Resources

1)  Tier Two
In the Facility Planning subdomain of the Unit 4 website, you will find all documents and meeting information associated with Tier Two of the Special Board Committee on Facilities, which met weekly from February until June of 2016. Their final report to the Board of Education can be found here:
Tier Two Final Report
Tier Two consisted of representatives from elected bodies of local government, the business community, and at large community members. The Board charged them to review recommendations from the Tier One process (on needs for capacity and programming at the elementary, middle, and high school levels), and based on this information provide recommendations to the Board of Education in the following areas: location of facilities, collaborations/partnerships with other public entities in the Champaign Unit #4 District, and finance/referendum schedule.
2)  Blog archives: Search previous posts here on Board Corner by keyword "facilities"

3)  Links to earlier facilities planning: