VCSC holds its first in-person community forum to discuss the future of its high schools
HIGH EARTH, Ind. (WTWO / WAWV) – Community members had their first opportunity to voice their opinions on the future of Vigo County School Corporation high schools at a community meeting on Thursday.
VCSC Superintendent Rob Haworth made a presentation to those in attendance at Dixie Bee Elementary School. Haworth defined the three options currently in place for choosing community members.
Todd Warren was the first in the crowd to ask a question to clarify the two renovation options offered by VSCS. Warren said money and taxes aren’t as important as just providing students with the best possible resources to learn.
âI’m not really worried about taxes,â Warren said. âI still feel like it’s a band-aid solution if we renovate. “
Doug Napier attended the community meeting, and he’s also convinced that a potential tax increase should be on everyone’s mind as this process continues.
âI think it means a lot to everyone,â Napier said. “But at the same time, if we want to do something with our community, it won’t be free.”
Each option would include a referendum.
- Option 1 includes a referendum of $ 160 million, a tax impact of 8 cents
- Option 2 includes a referendum of $ 260 million, a tax impact of 24 cents
- Option 3 includes a referendum of $ 330 million, a tax impact of 36 cents
The process of potential VCSC secondary school reorganization is still in its early stages and Napier urged other community members to keep an open mind as this process unfolds.
âWhat got us here today may not necessarily be what brings us to the future either,â Napier said. “But I think we have to keep an open mind about what our options really are.”
Three community meetings are scheduled for November 10. They will be located at Sarah Scott Middle School, Otter Creek Middle School and Riley Elementary School.