TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Vigo County School Corporation will hold a series of community meetings to review information presented Monday at the Board of School Trustees meeting.
During the trustees meeting, Superintendent Dr. Robert Haworth gave a presentation on the budget deficit facing the school corporation and how administration is working to correct it, including plans for a referendum to generate funding.
Dr. Haworth proposed a $7 million referendum as well as $4 million in cuts to the schools’ operating costs.
The operational referendum would be in place for eight years and would have to be approved by the general public through a vote.
Several factors have contributed to the budget shortfall including declining enrollment and increasing transportation fees, to name a few.
Local legislatures have gotten involved in the discussion, citing lack of state funding as another reason for the school’s current predicament.
“We’re not giving enough money to public education and because of that, unfortunately, we have to do things like a referendum,“ State Representative Tonya Pfaff said.
The community meetings were planned as a way to provide details to the public, as well as offer residents a chance to weigh-in on the discussion.
All meetings will be held at the Administration Building located in the board room.
Meeting dates will be 6 p.m. June 17, July 8 and July 22, and immediately following the board meeting on June 24.