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District looks to redo Dr. Howard

CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign School Board is looking to redo Dr. Howard Elementary School.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign School Board is looking to redo Dr. Howard Elementary School. Board members haven't decided how to move forward yet, but one thing's for sure. They don't want to keep the kids at the building where they are now. It's more than 100 years old.

There were only four classes at Dr. Howard when it was first built. But a lot has changed since then. District leaders have added onto the building a few times over the years but classrooms inside are still pretty much the same as they were 100 years ago. But, they have cutting-edge advancements like SmartBoards from this century. The school's principal says their motto lately is "Just Make it Work!"

But, if they can get a new building, they hope to see some upgrades other schools in the district already have. Currently, the only open space they have is what they call the "cafe-gym-atorium." That's where students eat breakfast and lunch, have PE and do after-school activities.

Another concern is all the stairs around the building. They make it tricky for kids to get around if they're on crutches.

The principal says school board members have stopped in to talk with them about plans moving forward, but no final decision has been made. The superintendent says they'd like to move the school to another location.

Unit 4 students and staff can now start the countdown to the end of the school year. The district unveiled its approved calendar Monday night. It had to use four emergency days due to weather. The last day for regular calendar schools is June 3; year-round schools go until June 9.

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