Center for Family and Community Engagement


The Center for Family and Community Engagement is a welcoming place for families who are new to the District or connecting with many of our departments and programs. The Center for Family and Community Engagement is the hub of the District's Community Schools initiative launched in 2016-2017 and is home to the Schools of Choice registration center. This initiative brings services and resources to the community to form a stronger partnership with students and families in the Community Schools. 

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Dr. Marshall K. Berner Center for Family and Community Engagement

703 S. New Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Bridging the Gap between Families, the Community, & Schools

Center Named after Retired Superintendent

Dr. Marshall K. Berner, superintendent of the Champaign Unit 4 School District from 1967-1979 and namesake of the Center, was honored posthumously.

Cleveland Hammonds, former Champaign Community Unit School District #4 Assistant Superintendent, Richard Foley, Judge Harold Baker, David Session, and Richard Alexander, former school board members, and Murphy McKinney, Alvin Griggs, and Hester Suggs, former District principals, were among the individuals nominating Dr. Berner for this recognition. The late 60’s and 70’s were tumultuous times known for divided opinions on topics related to civil rights and desegregation. Dr. Berner demonstrated courage and outstanding leadership as he led the board, community, and school system through the desegregation process in Champaign program.