Unit 4

CHAMPAIGN — As he stood in front of around 60 community members Tuesday night in the gymnasium of Garden Hills Academy, David Sturtz wasn’t surprised by the tenor of response he and his demographic consulting firm, Cooperative Strategies, received after making two proposals to the Unit 4 school district to radically change its elementary school placement process.

“In this line of work, you are dealing with layers of challenges, complications, people’s lives that have been affected by decades, if not centuries, of decisions that they have not made and have generational impact,” Sturtz said after the second of two community open houses in as many nights.

“It’s real, it’s raw, it’s hard … and I expect nothing less. Flat-effect meetings about a subject of this nature would be a problem. Impassioned conversation with a healthy dose of skepticism leveled at the consultant standing in front of you should be expected. We should be accountable.”

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