Exploring options for new Central High

By Anna Carrera

Published 09/23 2013 05:37PM

Updated 09/24 2013 09:38AM

CHAMPAIGN -- School leaders are taking a look at many different details before deciding on a new home for Central High. The school board has been trying to find the right spot for years. A report being presented Monday night could narrow down a few options.

Two main issues they're looking at are transportation to and from the high school, plus where different populations of students are around the city. The school board is looking at almost a dozen potential locations. Those spots are all over the city.

Andrew Levy, planner for Champaign County's Regional Planning Commission, says transportation is important to consider. Students from around the district need to get to class regardless of where it is. That means some students may have to travel further than others.

"They need to look at these different communities specifically to determine the impact," said Levy. "We know this is an important part of the community so we wanted to make sure any decision isn't negatively impacting one part of the community more than any other."

Levy says the district specifically asked them to take a look at how this would impact minorities and lower-income neighborhoods. He says any of the locations could potentially work, but some were better than others. This is just one more piece of information for the board to consider before deciding where to put the school. 

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