TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Vigo County School Board approved a resolution that would end its current operational referendum pending its proposed facilities referendum passes on May 3rd at its meeting on Monday.

The operational referendum addressed school security, teacher salaries and other academic purposes, whereas the possible facilities referendum would address the renovations of the three VCSC high schools. The operational referendum would end in 2024 if the facilities referendum passes on May 3rd.

Federal ESSER money has put VCSC in good position to potentially end the referendum according to VCSC Superintendent Dr. Rob Haworth.

“We were given $40 million of ESSER funds that can now be used to assist us in those things that we were dealing with with the operational referendum,” Haworth explained.

The operational referendum ends only if the community votes in favor of the facilities referendum on May 3rd. However, if it does not pass, Haworth said the plan would change. He suggested that ESSER money would have to be used to address issues in the high schools.

“We would take those ESSER funds and immediately start to address HVAC issues within the school corporation and especially those high schools,” Haworth said.