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Vigo Co. Schools Open House Shows Need For Millions In Upgrades

Terre Haute schools are holding open houses in an attempt to demonstrate the need for millions in upgrades.

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Terre Haute schools are holding open houses in an attempt to demonstrate the need for millions in upgrades.

Representatives from the Vigo County School Corporation took concerned parents and residents through Terre Haute South Vigo High School Monday night.

Guides pointed out the outdated heating and air conditioning system, and the often-clogging drains. These are problems shared by the other high schools in the district, officials say.

Bruce Perry, Chief Financial Officer for the Vigo County School Corporation, says because of the age of the buildings and how they are constructed, minor repairs can have a big impact on students.

“Some of those mechanicals can be buried underground, when something goes wrong we actually have to rip up corridors and hallways and it impacts the education day of students,” says Perry.

The open houses are part of a community dialogue before the school board goes forward with one of five plans with costs ranging from 190 to 350 million dollars.

Perry says the school system can only raise money two ways: property taxes, which are capped or an open referendum process, like the one they are undertaking.

The next meeting is December 11th at West Vigo High School.

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