Champaign schools’ construction timeline updated

January 1, 2018 by  

Beginning this month, six Champaign schools will be renovated, at a cost of about $183.4m. Plans have been in the works for several years.

Much of the scheduled work will be done at Central High School. Among the many projects at or involving the high school are removing asbestos and then razing five houses on Lynn Street. Next fall, underground utilities beneath Lynn Street and Park Street will be relocated so the high school can be expanded.

In Spring 2019, the south side of the school will be renovated; alternatively, the northwest section will be razed and replaced with a three-story addition that offers more classrooms, as well as a new auditorium. The entire school will be modernized and air-conditioned, and new windows will be installed.

The Dr. Howard school would be built beginning in the spring of 2019, and the current school will be razed after the removal of any hazardous materials. At Centennial High School, improvements will be made to Tommy Stewart Field, and at South Side/McKinley, improvements include a new football field of artificial turf, as well as a new roof, windows, and utilities.

Edison Middle School will get a new cafeteria, renovated classrooms, and improved utilities. The International Prep Academy will get a new gym, a bigger library, and modern classrooms, among other improvements.

In order to keep residents updated on this type of project, city officials could work with a newsletter printing company to create an informative letter.