Unit #4 appoints oversight committee

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Six local people will weigh in on Unit #4’s future construction projects. They’ve been picked to serve on a committee to figure out how to spend the more than $180 million in upgrades.

The members include an architect, engineer and even a pipefitter. All six were selected at Monday night’s board meeting and will help see the project through.

It’s been years in the making, but Champaign schools are taking another step toward improving facilities.

“The facilities just need to be upgraded. I mean, it’s as simple as that; both Centennial and Central.”

It all started with how to get the more than $180 million, then getting the community to understand the need. Finally now, what the construction projects will look like.

“It’s our tax dollars. There needs to be some oversight. Not that we don’t trust the school board, that’s certainly not the case.”

That’s where six county professionals come into play. They’ll serve on the Referendum Oversight Committee. One is Neil Strack; an architect.

“They’ll add another set of fresh eyes to the project to spend, in excess of $200 million on projects in the next three-to-four years is an unbelievable undertaking. The oversight committee will help keep the community involved so it doesn’t become a project out there that nobody really knows what’s happening.”

Creg McDonald brings a background in real estate to the plate. “This won’t be something that’s foreign to me. We’ve done this many times.”

As a team of six, the committee will serve as a liaison between the school board and administration. The hope is to keep the projects on track.

“To help assure that the project is successful.”

Adding more members to the committee is a possibility in the future, for instance, maybe someone with a background in finance. Either way, the first meeting is scheduled for November.

The six were unanimously approved by the board. The members also incldue a Savoy village trustee and senior planner for the city of Champaign.

Chad Barringer
Bob Devine
Lacey Rains-Lowe
Creg McDonald
Dee Shonkwiler
Neil Strack

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