VCSC administration proposes over $5 million in spending cuts

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Monday, Vigo County Schools superintendent Dr. Rob Haworth presented a proposal on where spending cuts should be made to help preserve the corporation’s cash balance.

Haworth says some of the proposed cuts come from ideas during community meetings he has held throughout recent weeks.

“Took that information, as well as working internally with our operations crew and our educational crew and then proposed just over $5 million dollars in spending cuts,” Haworth said.

The proposed cuts would be made in three phases.

The first phase calls for $3,765,000 in spending cuts.

This would include switching the corporations bus replacement plan from 12 to 13 years, Booker T. Washington High School hosting alternative education programs, and top administration taking 4.75% pay cuts.

“We will take some of those, I wouldn’t call them hits but reductions. Myself, it’ll be a $20,000 loss in compensation,” Haworth said.

Phase two and three of the proposal is expected to create over $3,000,000 in savings and this would include consolidating from 18 elementary schools to 15 with the vacated buildings being used for office space and possibly for-profit day-cares.

Haworth says administration will consider schools with less than 300 students for consolidation, plus other factors.

“What’s the actual use of that building currently. If we’re going to move and consolidate, how many other buildings are going to be affected in that move in consolidation?” Haworth said.

Haworth says these are cuts the school corporation hopes to make regardless of what happens at the polls in November.

“The speed of which those would occur is the win-and-loss and we’ve demonstrated $5 million dollars tonight, we know that ask is over eight,” Haworth.

Haworth’s proposal also calls for the school corporation to sell their current administrative building and possibly move to the McLean Education Center.

Through this proposal, McLean staff would fill other open positions throughout the school corporation.

Haworth says some parts of phase one have been implemented and the school board has to approve other cuts.

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