Students see start of Central’s new era

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Freshmen walked into their first day at Central High School Thursday morning.

Students and parents aren’t just excited for a fresh set of classes, but by the transformation of their school by the time they graduate.

New students marched into school to the beat of drums with lots of anticipation.

“I’m really excited for all the different classes they have offered.”

There were some nerves and some heartfelt goodbyes.

“Are you scared at  all about being in high school?”

“Just getting lost.”

“We had a little moment of emotion, and I’m sure I’ll drive off in tears, but we’re ready to go.”

Just as obvious as the new school excitement are the signs of a big new project about to unfold. This is what the new freshmen walked into, but when they’re graduating seniors, this is what they’ll be walking out of.

“I’m really excited to have air conditioning and new appliances.”

The renovation project goes beyond the basics. It’s so complex, it’s going to take until the summer of 2022 to get done. So, even though it’s just day one for these students and parents, they’re looking ahead to the future.

“It’s going to be a completely different school when they walk out in four years. It’s going to be a space that accommodates more students, more activities, more events. They’re going to live through a lot of growing pains, but they’re going to be really proud of what we’ve done. The community, they passed something really important for these kids.”

“I’m excited that I’ll be one of the first ones to see it.”

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