TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– After months of community meetings and closing both West Vigo and Deming Elementary to address enrollment issues, VCSC superintendent Dr. Rob Haworth said $7,000 from the United Way of the Wabash Valley for summer work at the new Deming Early Learning Center was exciting.
“When I think as our community understands what’s happening with the Deming building. I think what we’re seeing with not only united way but other community groups rally behind this early childhood education initiative,” he explained.
Along with repurposing Deming Elementary, West Vigo Elementary will be the new home to Vigo County schools administrative staff.
Haworth noted community funding in the early stages will help them long-term.
“It’s a new approach for us. We’re very excited about how it will be operated,” he continued. “But it’ll go towards meeting the needs of our students in that center. It will be self-sustainable. It’s not right now. We’re really appreciative of those dollars in these times.”
Haworth said he hopes they continue to garner more community support as they work to make use of the former schools.
“United Way has been a long standing partner for us. You hear us talk about partnerships, collaborations and co-design. Whenever you have that long standing partner, that has one of it’s 6 initiatives is early learning, to be able to see those dollars flow to us is exciting for us,” he concluded.
The Deming Early Learning Center is set to open up for the 2021-2022 school year.