September 20, 2006
Central Community Unit District No. 4 serves approximately 1250 children in grades pre-kindergarten through senior high school. The school district is located in Iroquois and Kankakee counties in east central Illinois and includes an area of 174 square miles. The villages of Ashkum, Clifton and Chebanse are the main population centers of the district with additional attendance from the communities of L'Erable and Otto. Ashkum and Chebanse have an attendance center at the elementary school and the new Central/Nash Complex, which houses a single high school and middle school located mid-way between Clifton and Chebanse. Ashkum houses the Pre-K population, Chebanse houses grades K-4, and Nash Middle School houses grades 5-8.
A joint building project with the Central Community Citizens Library District has resulted in a beautiful and efficient library system for the schools and the community. It is located between the Nash Middle School and the Central Senior High School.
Half-day pre-school programs for three and four year-old children are operated during the school term. The district music and physical education programs begin in kindergarten. Instrumental music begins in grade 5. A full range of speech, social work, and guidance services are available. Emphasis in the early grades is upon basic academic skills, especially reading and mathematics.
A range of extracurricular activities are offered beginning in the middle grades and continuing through high school. The activities include performing and competitive music groups, speech teams, academic teams, athletic teams, drama, and various clubs and special interest activities such as yearbook, student government, and FFA.
The Central District emphasizes academic learning and performance but does not neglect the social, physical and emotional development of young people.