TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A new political action committee has been formed to promote the Vigo County School Corporation referendum on the upcoming election.
Vigo County Schools Superintendent Dr. Rob Haworth says right now, the school corporation is at a critical juncture.
“We have a dwindling cash balance. I am predicting that at the end of this calendar year, our cash balance will be roughly 10 percent of our overall operating education and operational program,” Haworth said.
To help offset this dwindling cash balance, Haworth proposed a $7 million dollar per year operational referendum with $4 million dollars in cuts, which will be on the ballot this fall.
As November approaches, Haworth says it’s his goal to make sure more people are informed on this issue.
“When you go beyond parents and grandparents, that really leaves 80% of your community out there that doesn’t really understand the day to day happenings of the school,” Haworth said.
To assist getting the word out about the upcoming referendum, a PAC with 20 local community leaders was formed.
PAC member and former Vigo County School Board member Tammy Pearson says, the upcoming referendum is about making sure Vigo County schools moves forward and not backwards.
“We have made great strides to improve the numbers of our health, safety and security for our students and our teachers, and we don’t want to backtrack on all of the progress we’ve made in the past years,” Pearson
If the referendum does not pass, Haworth says Vigo County schools will have to look into more cuts.
“What happens if we lose is that 4 grows to $8 million, and I say this, we will know $4 million dollars worth of cuts, we will feel $8 million dollars worth of cuts.” Haworth said.
According to Indiana state law, only the superintendent, assistant superintendent, and financial officer are the only school staff allowed to discuss a referendum during school hours.
If passed, the $7 million referendum would result in a 16.2 cent property tax increase over the next eight years.