Vigo School officials to discuss potential referendum

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County School Corporation announced plans two years ago to bring a referendum to county voters in 2021. The purpose of the referendum is to fund high school constructing and/or renovation projects as well as keep up with maintenance at the other schools within the district.

Financial uncertainties have been plagued by the pandemic, which could impact a potential high school project.

“I think we have to address that there are many financial unknowns at this time,” said Vigo County School Corporation superintendent Robert Haworth. “For example the county, the city, the school corporation are set to receive millions of dollars from the federal government related to the pandemic. What the school corporation is uncertain of, what we’re unclear about, is how those dollars can be spent.”

April 7 will be the start of a series of community meetings to get the public’s input on options for the high schools.

Haworth says from an infrastructure standpoint, many things need to be addressed at the county’s high schools. He says there are topics that need to be discussed with the community as well.

“This discussion is also about the delivery of curriculum and instruction and what does that look like,” said Haworth. “This discussion is also about economic impact to our community. This discussion is also about property taxes and the pocket book impact.”

That time has come, and the school is holding up to its promise to conduct public forums to get input from the community before final plans are unveiled. There are currently eight possible high school concepts being considered including the construction of one new high school to serve the entire county.

The first public meeting will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lost Creek Elementary.

In an effort to help students transition and answer questions for parents while West Vigo Elementary and Deming Elementary Schools are consolidated and repurposed, the Vigo County School Corporation launched a FAQ page equipped with videos and more.

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