Champaign, IL (WAND) — After months of discussion and special focus groups, Unit 4 has officially changed its student placement model.
champagne’s parents expressed their concern Along with the change in the whole process.
Champaign’s parent, Jeremy Oviat, said, “I mean, I’m afraid of it. That’s it. I think I’m afraid of it.”
On Monday night, the Board members of Unit 4 unanimously passed Schools of Choice, Scenario 4. The district’s ultimate goal is to increase the diversity of local schools and reduce the academic achievement gap. Her superintendent, Dr. Shelia Boozer, explained the importance of equal opportunity.
“Yes, there are poor students, and there are black students, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help them reach high levels,” said Dr. Boozer.
Schools of Choice eliminates the balanced calendar, taking Garden Hills and International Prep Academy from Pre-K through 8th grade and sending selected students to another school in the district.
Transportation is one of the biggest concerns for parents.
“I hear people talking about having to use public transport, especially because I heard there aren’t enough school buses to go back and forth. Go to the transit station and navigate yourself,” Oviat said.
Superintendent Sheria Boozer said parents will be reimbursed for transportation. But some people don’t understand how it’s possible in the district. Unit 4 parent Colleen Leinert has followed the district’s plan since it was first announced in October 2022. Leinart is now asking about part of Scenario 4.
“They’re going to reimburse these parents if they drive. They’re not fully funded by the federal government and the budget is tight. I will,” said Leinart.
Jeremy Oviat is upset that his daughter won’t attend school just 300 feet from his front door. Oviat said that’s why his family bought the house.
“We’re considering private schools. We’re also considering leaving the area. We have family in Chicago. It’s high on the list at the moment,” Oviat said.
Despite community-wide controversy, Dr. Boozer assured the community that the children were in the best interest.
Dr. Boozer said, “There is no such thing as a decision that everyone can get exactly what they want. We know that we are really doing what we think is best for our entire diverse community.” Please keep it,” he said.
For selected schools, Scenario 4 will be in effect for the 2023-2024 school year. Learn more about this plan here.
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