Committee To Study Future Of Champaign High Schools
After two failed tax referendums in the past year, the Champaign School Board seeks to form a special committee to study the future of its high schools. The two-tiered structure is expected to include city officials from Champaign and Savoy in one group, and community members in the other.
Unit 4 board president Chris Kloeppel says the committee will explore keeping the district at two high schools, with the potential for a third. He says it’s too far out to definitively say what a third school would look like.
“I think there’s room to step forward or backwards on the two high school model, but a lot of the research and data gathered from the community over the last 10, 11 years really points to the two high school model being favored at this time," he said.
The Unit 4 School Board Monday night asked administrators to determine the makeup for the committee, which is expected to include Unit 4 staff, officials from Champaign and Savoy, and the Champaign Park District.
Kloeppel says that group would have the technical focus, while a second panel would be made up of community members.
Selecting the committees could take a couple months. The next school board meeting is December 14.