Champaign Unit 4 Board President Chris Kloeppel discusses the options on properties near Central High School with members Amy Armstrong, Kathy Shannon, and Laurie Bonnett.
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January 25, 2016

Unit 4 School Board Secures Options On Sites Near Central High

The Champaign School Board now holds options on eight sites near Central High School, which doesn't mean Unit 4 will necessarily purchase the properties, but has an 18-month window to decide.  An advisory committee is being formed that will meet almost weekly, discussing possible expansion in the area, with a report due in May.

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Champaign Unit 4
October 12, 2015

Champaign Centennial Student Arrested In Bus Incident

The male student allegedly showed off the butt of an unloaded BB gun on a school bus, claiming it was a hand grenade while on the way to Centennial High School Monday.  Champaign Police located the bus, and the student is now in juvenile detention, charged with disorderly conduct.

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Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand runs through the ballot item to be placed on April ballots.
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January 12, 2015

Unit 4 Board Approves New Bond Issue

Champaign Unit 4 school board members Monday unanimously approved a new $144-million bond issue for the April ballot, which keeps the same plan for a new Central High School, but includes a new Dr. Howard Elementary.

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Screenshot from a video showing a car driving in the middle of a student rally at Centennial High School on Thursday.
December 06, 2014

Unit Four Officials "Disappointed & Saddened" By Centennial Protest Incident

Champaign school officials say they are “disappointed and saddened” by Thursday’s incident in which a motorist tried to drive her car through a group of students protesting outside Centennial High School.

No one was injured in the incident, but the car suffered damage. An 18 year old student was detained and then released by Champaign Police for allegedly causing the damage.

A statement from the Unit Four school district says the event began as a peaceful protest against the recent grand jury decisions not to indict two white police officers in the killings of two unarmed black men, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City. As planned, the protest was held inside the high school, but the district says some of the students decided on their own to take the protest to the street outside, where the incident with the car occurred.

Unit Four officials says discussions are taking place with students and staff about how to exercise their rights appropriately in the future.

Champaign Police say their investigation is continuing, and are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them or Champaign County Crime Stoppers.


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