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Unit 4 Superintendent Discusses Referendum Proposal

Displays about the future of Centennial High School in the school library for Thursday Unit 4 town hall meeting.

Renovations to Centennial High School are part of this November's bond referendum. Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

Champaign Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand has started her final school year as the head administrator of the district.  Wiegand announced her retirement earlier this month.  But she’s got a lot on her plate before retirement.

For the third time in the last two years, the district is asking voters to approve a bond referendum for school construction and renovation.  This time, though, the district is not asking for a new Central High School on the far north side of Champaign.  Instead, they’re seeking to renovate and expand Central at its existing location on University Avenue, along with work on five other schools in the district.

Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Wiegand about the projects included in the 183-point-four-million-dollar referendum, beginning with Central High School.  Wiegand says that school needs both a re-design and an expansion.

Wiegand also discussed her retirement and what the district should look for in her replacement.