Central AD likes opportunity at new school site

Published 07/26 2014 04:31PM

Updated 07/26 2014 06:41PM

Champaign school district officials have settled on a site for the new Central High School, and it's the one Athletic Director John Woods has wanted all along.  Superintendent Judy Weigand said Thursday they will pursue the interstate drive site, eliminating Spalding Park and Dodds Park from consideration.  Interstate drive will have the most space for athletic facilities and future growth.  Right now, most central athletic sites are off-campus and some are even shared with other schools.

"Allowing them the opportunity to stay on campus and do their thing is so important. The time that they lose traveling to all of our off-campus sites is time away from their family, time away from after school help, time away from homework, and it's just time lost. Now it's going be really neat to be able to provide those opportunities - an all-inclusive campus for all of our kids and the community", said Woods.

The district has already purchased the land needed on interstate drive.  The board will now decide whether to put a referendum on the November ballot.

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