VCSC seeks community input on possible budget cuts

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Tuesday, the first community conversation was held to discuss cuts and buildings project for the Vigo County School Corporation.

Vigo County Schools superintendent Rob Haworth has hosted meetings to inform the public about the operational referendum on this November’s ballot.

Now, with another slate of meetings scheduled, the focus has shifted.

“It’s to really talk about three things. One, the ‘why’ of the referendum. Two, community input on budget cuts for the upcoming year and then three, visioning,” Haworth said.

If November’s referendum passes, all property owners or renters in Vigo County will help fund $7 million dollars for the school corporation for safety, wellness, staffing and transportation.

In addition to the referendum, school officials will make $4 million dollars in cuts. Tuesday, the community had their chance to discuss where they’d like to see these cuts come from.

“We’re hoping not to be traditional. What are some other things that maybe aren’t budget cuts but could also be revenue generators for our school corporation,” Haworth said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, a future buildings project was also discussed.

In May of 2021, a second referendum will be needed to improve Vigo County’s school buildings.

That referendum would also be funded by property taxes and stay in place for 20 years.

Haworth says the discussion at meetings is about seeing what the community would like in future buildings.

“Will they look like the facilities of the 1940s or will they look like facilities of the future, and we know that education is changing,” Haworth said.

The next community meeting will be held Wednesday at Dixie Bee Elementary at 6:30 P.M.

For a complete list of meeting dates: https://www.mywabashvalley.com/news/vcsc-hosting-community-meetings-to-discuss-referendum/

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