Some changes to Champaign Unit 4 Schools

Many of the people that contact me about homes in Champaign are also concerned about the area’s schools. As your Realtor, my job is to stay on top of these important issues. This morning I had the opportunity to have breakfast with the Superintendent of Unit 4 schools and his staff. Among the many issues that we discussed, I would like to share some information about several changes that will be taking place in the near future that will affect Unit 4 schools.

1. Starting with the 2009/2010 school year, the existing School of Choice (SOC) system will no longer be based on race, but rather on family income. If you are not at all familiar with the way a SOC works, contact me and I will do all I can to answer your questions. Using a family’s income level to determine where a child will attend school should help to further diversify Champaign schools. Children currently enrolled will stay at the school they currently attend; this only affects incoming students.

2. High school boundaries will be re-drawn. Currently, enrollment in Centennial High School exceeds Central’s by about 350 students, while Central High School is larger and better equipped to hold more students than Centennial. Therefore, starting with 2009, high school boundaries will be re-drawn to redistribute the number of students that attend each school. Although this does not affect current students, it will affect some incoming students who might not attend the same high school as most of their friends.

3. Carrie Busey Elementary School will be closing (time TBD). Students at Carrie Busey will be reorganized into other schools. It is still uncertain what the building will be used for in the future, but options include using it as a school administration building or a multi-use building, or selling the building/land to help fund other needs within Unit 4.

4. Savoy will be getting its own school. Currently, Savoy residents participate in Champaign’s SOC system and their children are bussed to various Champaign schools. When Savoy gets its own elementary school, it will still remain in Champaign’s SOC system, but 80% of the students will be from Savoy, making the school much more geographically convenient for Savoy residents.

The average family lives in a home for 5-7 years, and likely has school-age children during that time. If you have any questions about Unit 4 Schools, such as the SOC "lottery system" for enrollment, enrolling your child in gifted or special education programs, getting in touch with parents from different schools, or anything else, contact me. I would love to be your Realtor, and make your family’s transition into your new home as smooth as possible!

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