VIGO CO., Ind (WTWO/WAWV) — A possible vote from the Vigo County School Corporation could determine the future of two Vigo County elementary schools.
VCSC is planning to vote on whether to close West Vigo Elementary and Deming Elementary Monday evening. Bill Riley, VCSC’s director of communications, said that no one wants to see the schools close. He said it is getting harder to justify keeping some schools in operation.
According to Riley, other local school corporations have 11 to 12 elementary schools. Vigo County has 18.
“Now, as a county wide school corporation, we are always going to have a few more than our peers because we cover a bigger footprint,” he said.
Because of decreasing student enrollment, Riley said there are eight schools that have less than 330 students enrolled. These include West Vigo and Deming Elementary.
Should these schools close, students at West Vigo would attend Fayette or Sugar Creek Consolidation Elementary. Deming students would attend Franklin or Wabash Elementary.
“There’s plenty of room for those students to fit in,” Riley said. “Class size shouldn’t increase because we are going to need more classes.”
He also said VCSC is not anticipating any lay offs of faculty or staff from these schools.
“We will fill those positions with the folks from Deming and West Vigo,” he said. “We will also need more support at the schools that are receiving these students and so there will be positions for these folks.”
If consolidation is approved, there are several possible uses for the buildings. Early education, adult education classes are possibilities. Also, with the sale of VCSC’s administration building, they could use West Vigo for administrative offices.