High schools in Vigo County held open houses Tuesday evening to show residents the challenges administrators are up against. The schools are in need of several renovations, and some argue new buildings are necessary.
North Vigo High School has leaking pipes, constant problems with its HVAC system and is in need of updates to its electrical system. But assistant principal Aaron Hughes says that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“Steve, our maintenance guy, had a good quote one time. He said a Band-Aid won’t fix a heart attack,” Hughes says. “And you know, I think that’s what we’re up against.”
Hughes says he’s not certain how much repairs would cost or how to pay for it. Costs have been discussed at school board meetings.
Resident Michael Howard says he’s heard about some of the problems from his two kids who attend North Vigo. Now, after the tour, he says something needs to be done.
“We’re talking about a lot of tax increases in Vigo County, but I think one that definitely needs to be focused on is the education and the schools first, prior to some of the other projects that may be on the table currently,” Howard says.
Hughes says he doesn’t care whether the school is renovated or rebuilt, he just wants a solution.
The county is also grappling with how to fund a new jail.