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Unit 4 Board President Kloeppel On Survey Results, Referendum Plans

The front entrance of Champaign Central High School.

The front entrance at Champaign Central High School, which would be renovated and expanded under a recommendation from a special facilities committee. Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

After failed bond issues the last two years, the Champaign Unit 4 school board expects to try a third time this fall to upgrade school facilities. The board has less than two weeks to decide how many buildings will be part of it, and how much it’s asking taxpayers to support.

Unit 4 has already dropped a controversial plan to move Champaign Central High School to the north edge of town, in favor of a plan to expand it on its present site.

A recent phone survey of 100 voters conducted by Unicom ARC asked some of those questions, the results of which were discussed by the school board Monday night.

Board President Chris Kloeppel says the board now has less than two weeks to decide whether to pursue a high-end, $257-million plan for work on six different buildings, or bond about $1-million less, and focus on expanding Champaign’s two high schools.

Kloeppel says if any projects are left out of a fall referendum, they'll become the next priorities as part of Unit 4's strategic plan

Illinois Public Media’s Jeff Bossert talked to Kloeppel on the board’s plans moving forward.