TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Over the course of the last weeks, community and Vigo County School Corporation members have tried to determine the future of Vigo County high schools and evaluate an on-going student decline epidemic.
Originally, eight concepts were presented on what do with the current state the buildings, including renovating high schools or potentially beginning a new construction phase.
Among those concepts included converting all three high schools into one major learning center in Terre Haute. Another option was to create a fourth high school.
Among those in attendance was Lydia Bridgewater, who said she attended the meeting to see what her child’s future education could look like.
“It’s very important to be an advocate for your child in all aspects. My kid’s three, things aren’t going to happen today, but it will impact his future just like it’ll affect my friend who came with me, her son’s future where he’s going to school,” Bridgewater said.
Community members and V.C.S.C officials are evaluating what to do with high schools said to be in taxing condition. A possible referendum is being discussed.
“It’s got to be comprehensive, we have to have a facilities plan for all of our buildings, so you know we talk about the grade of the three high schools, but all of our buildings have been graded out. We have elementaries that are in dire need,” Superintendent Dr. Rob Haworth said.
According to Haworth, data collected from community members indicate interests in adding a career center to high schools and constructing a fourth high school.
“In the end it’s our hope that our school design will correlate with greater outcomes for talent development in our students,” Haworth said. “So , that when and it is when, when those companies start coming back to Terre Haute, we have the labor force ready to go, welcoming them here so that the quality of life for the community is raised,”
The corporation now plans to get more feedback from the community through social media outlets beginning this summer. According to Haworth, the goal is to have three final concepts by July and then begin more community discussions.