VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) -- A political action committee, or PAC, has formed to help advocate for Vigo County School's operational referendum.
That referendum will appear on Vigo County ballots this coming November election.
If the referendum passes it will help:
- maintain student protection officers in all school buildings
- attract the highest qualified teachers and staff to the district
- maintain the current number of guidance counselors
- maintain the current number of school nurses
- maintain staff to assist students
- help the district continue to provide co-curricular and extra-curricular trips.
Superintendent Rob Haworth says right now the school system has a dwindling cash balance.
He thinks by the end of this calendar year that balance will be about ten percent of the overall operating education and operational program. That could affect their bond rating.
If the referendum doesn't pass, the school corporation must make $8 million in budget cuts.
"We will know 4 million dollars worth of cuts," Haworth said. "We will feel $8 million worth of cuts."
Now, these committees are typically formed when a candidate is running for election.
They'll help support them and make sure their message gets out. But, Haworth explains about 80% of residents no longer have a connection with the school. So the district formed the PAC to make sure people have a better understanding of what goes on day to day and why this referendum is so important.
"Our school represents us as a community and we need to keep that strong to bring businesses in to bring people into our community and see what we can offer to them," Tammy Pearson, a nurse practitioner and a part of the PAC committee said.
There will be community meetings starting after labor day. They want to make sure everyone knows exactly what's being asked.