TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As Vigo County School Corporation grapples with deficit spending concerns, school consolidation has been high on the list of possibilities.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Haworth is expected to reveal eight potential new building concepts Thursday during his State of the Schools address.
“When you think about the setting up of a committee to look at school closure, the emotional issues surrounding the closing of schools. That’s not anything to be taken lightly,” Haworth said following last month’s school board meeting.
Nearly $5.5 million in total budget cuts were approved last week, with consolidation as only one piece of a puzzle that includes redesigning alternative education and changing the corporation’s current bus replacement plan.
Haworth has continued to cite declining enrollment as a reason for the budget cuts, and Thursday he is expected to release results of the most recent count.
Another highlight of the State of the Schools will be guest speaker Gracey Rollins who will share her experiences as the first graduate of the Vigo Virtual Success Academy. VCSC began offering an online program to help maintain its enrollment numbers.
It is unclear if Haworth will shed any more light on the school corporation’s larger-than-anticipated ending cash balance or the departure of Chief Financial Officer Bruce Perry earlier this year.