TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As the Vigo County School Corporation continues to gather community input on the future of its high schools, school officials point out the poor conditions of its high schools in their current state.
“Especially at North and South we’re dealing with design flaws,” VCSC Director of Communications Bill Riley said.
VCSC invited media members to take a tour of Terre Haute South Vigo High School on Tuesday. Riley said that many of the problems the school is facing are within its walls.
“The biggest problems in these high schools are in the guts,” Riley explained. “Underneath the building in terms of plumbing and sewer and up on the roof with our drainage systems.”
VCSC Superintendent Rob Haworth also pointed out multiple issues along the tour regarding flooding issues. He even recalled an instance of at least 12 classrooms flooding due to drainage issues. He claimed that the building’s old design set the building up for failure.
One notable issue that both Riley and Haworth pointed out along the tour is the size of the classrooms. Riley mentioned that current classroom size does not meet the industry standard size.
“Industry standard is a 900 square feet and I don’t know many of our high school classrooms that are up to that,” Riley said.
VCSC is still conducting community meetings regarding the future its three high schools. Riley urged the community to keep the big picture in mind as the process moves along.
“It’s time for our community to think about what the next stage is,” Riley stated. “I think we have to look at the big picture because we’re also at a turning point with education right now.”