TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Concerned citizens walked the halls of West Vigo High School Monday night to educate themselves as the school board considers ways to deal with deteriorating buildings.
Lisa Spence, a Taxpayers Association and Citizens for Better Government of Vigo County member, says she came out for a tour to get a sense of what needs fixing.
"Clearly there are roof problems and issues with pipes and that sort of thing but I will say that it looks like the staff does a really, really good job taking care of things as best they can with the age of the building."
People have been touring each of the three Vigo County high schools as discussion continues about what to do about the aging buildings.
With the last of the tours complete, school officials can move forward.
Superintendent Danny Tanoos says, "I believe the next steps that they will do is to develop a community committee at some point to just have good conversations about the facilities overall, what's going on, what they look like, what the future would be and go over those four or five plans that we've presented."
Tanoos says the first option is replacing North and South with one building and replacing West for a total of two high schools. The second option is renovating each building. Rebuilding all three schools is the third option. The fourth option would be creating four high schools and the fifth option is a combination of renovation and rebuilding.
Meanwhile, new research shows the student population district wide will shrink by nearly five hundred kids over the next five years, and hundreds more by 2028.
Tanoos says this will be considered when picking the best option for the district.
Spence says, "That will come at a cost but really the intent in my mind is, as I'm sure everybody wants, is have the best schools we can have."
Tanoos says a community committee could be created in February with discussions lasting about six months. He says he is in no rush and wants to take time to consider all options. The school board will work with consultants to decide when they are ready to bring a plan up for a referendum.