VCSC continues to discuss options for the future of its high schools

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County School Corporation held another meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss different plans and options to revamp Vigo County high schools.

Vigo County Schools Superintendent Rob Haworth led the meeting at Riley Elementary School and presented the three options with referendums that were discussed with community members at a meeting the week prior.

Along with discussing those options, Haworth also presented the idea of having either a two or four high school model as opposed to three.

“I’m thinking that if we go to the two high school model, we close West Vigo and we give a remodel at North and South,” Haworth said. “At the four (model), you keep the three that you have and you try to find something on the east side.”

For the two high school model, Haworth said there are operational savings, however, some of the $5.6 million operational costs would have to be absorbed to provide more staffing to the two high schools.

“What would be the operational savings? Well, we compared that to something we already know,” Haworth said. “We believe it would be around $5.6 million if we base that on a West Vigo model.”

Under the four high school model, Haworth said it would add to the referendum amount and add to the operational costs.

The three current options for community members to choose from are as follows, each of which includes a referendum.

  • Option 1 includes a $160 million referendum, 8 cent tax impact
  • Option 2 includes a $260 million referendum, 24 cent tax impact
  • Option 3 includes a $330 million referendum, 36 cent tax impact

Another meeting to discuss these options will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16 at North Vigo High School. A second meeting will be held 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at South Vigo High School and West Vigo Middle/High School.

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