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Unit 4 Board To Vote On Property Options Near Central High School

Champaign Central High School

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The Champaign Unit 4 School Board will vote Monday on options to purchase property near the current Central High School.  The three option agreements include a total of eight properties to the northeast of the high school's University Avenue location.

After two failed referenda to build a new high school on the far north side of Champaign, the district has gone back to the drawing board.

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The properties include the McKinley Family YMCA on Church St., the Christian Science Society Church on Hill St., and several houses that have been converted into apartments.  The News-Gazette reports that if the agreements are approved by the board, the district would have an 18-month option to purchase the properties.

Board president Chris Kloeppel tells the News-Gazette that the moves don't necessarily mean the board is looking to expand Central at its current location rather than building elsewhere, rather that the properties are just "very attractive options."  He says if the agreements are approved, all information will be given to the district's new facilities committee and its architects.

The Unit 4 School Board meets to vote on the proposals Monday at 5:30pm at the Mellon Administrative Building located at 703 S. New St.