The Vigo County School Corporation is in the education business.
But it’s having a problem teaching the public about the conditions at the three local high schools.
Walking through the halls of Terre Haute North, you can see large cracks running through the hallways.
Their plumbing issues are a top concern and the mother board for the building’s heating and cooling is outdated and presents its own set of problems for the entire school.
Rebecca Brumfield is one of the few people who’s taken the time to go inside the high schools.
We can show you video of the issues inside each of the high schools, but school officials know, it would be much more impactful to see it in person.
The problem is no one is really attending the open houses at the schools.
“You cannot put a Band-Aid on a heart attack and fix it,” says Steve Flowers. “You’ve got too many arteries coming off of it, too many things that are failing. That’s going to catch up sooner or later. And that’s where we are at.”
Maintenance staff at all three high schools work tirelessly throughout the year to hide any imperfections that these buildings may possess.
Now that it’s summer, their doors are open, so that you in the community can see actually what’s inside.
Friday marks day number two of the Vigo County open houses and the turn out so far isn’t a great one.
“I think a lot of them are working, but I think we will have more in the evening open houses,” says Flowers.
Students are in school for the majority of the year.
So a Band-Aid here, a Band-Aid there, that’s how they make it through the semesters.
This is the sign in sheet from Terre Haute North Friday morning.
As you can see, two people are on the list, myself included.
Another local media group.
So where is the community?
“I hope that they can make it in,” says Aaron Hughes, assistant principal at THN. “Extending the hours I think that’s due to those who can come in from work and check things out but I think that will definitely help.”
School officials say it’s all about personal experience.
Even if you don’t have a child in the school system, any future upgrades or reno’s will come from taxpayer dollars.
“Just to come in and see, first hand, what we have going on here will be very important,” says Hughes.
All school officials want is for the community to see the school at its most vulnerable state, which they can openly show you, now that students aren’t in the classrooms.
We’ll have a news crew visit West Vigo High School next week..
Your next chance to see inside the high schools are Wednesday and Thursday.