TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Community members received their first opportunity to voice opinions on the future of Vigo County School Corporation high schools at a community meeting on Thursday.

VCSC Superintendent Rob Haworth gave a presentation to those in attendance at Dixie Bee Elementary School. Haworth mapped out the three options that are currently in place for community members to choose.

Todd Warren was the first in the crowd to ask a question to clarify the two renovation options that VSCS laid out. Warren said that money and taxes aren’t as important as simply providing students with the best possible resources to learn.

“I’m not really worried about the taxes,” Warren said. “I still feel like it’s a bandaid fix if we renovate.”

Doug Napier attended the community meeting, and he also is of the belief that a potential tax increase should be at the back of everyone’s minds as this process continues.

“I think it means a lot to everyone,” Napier said. “But at the same time, If we want to do something with our community, it’s not going to be free.”

Each option would include 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

The process is to potentially revamp VCSC high schools is still in it’s early stages and Napier urged other community members to keep an open mind as this process plays out.

“What got us here today may not necessarily be what gets us to the future either,” Napier stated. “But I think we have to keep an open mind on what our options really are.”

There are three community meetings scheduled for November 10th. They will be located at Sarah Scott Middle School, Otter Creek Middle School and Riley Elementary School.