Vigo County Schools administration holds public hearing on spending cuts

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTWO/WAWV) – Monday, the Vigo County School Corporation gave the community the opportunity to discuss proposed spending cuts.

Administration with Vigo County Schools conducted a study two years ago, which showed that the corporation would continue to lose students as years pass.

“We commissioned a demographic study in December 2017 that said we’re losing enrollment. We’ll continue to lose enrollment year after year after year,” said Bill Riley, VCSC communications director.

It was a decline in students that administration say was the main cause for a $7 million dollar per year referendum that was voted in this November.

In addition to the referendum, Vigo County Schools still has to make $4 million dollars in cuts.

One of the spending cuts proposed by Superintendent Rob Haworth is elementary school consolidation.

“Our goal is to reduce elementary schools from 18 to 16 to 15,” Riley said.

Riley says the school corporation hopes to bring together a committee to determine which schools could be up for consolidation.

“That committee will be made up of not just Vigo County School Corporation staff but parents, citizens,” Riley said.

He also says, when formed, this committee will have hard work in front of them.

“We’re not going to provide them with ‘Ok here’s where we think we should consolidate.’ That’s not going to happen. So there’s a lot of work ahead of us,” Riley said.

In Haworth’s plan of proposed cuts, schools with less than 300 students will be considered for consolidation.

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