WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Monday evening, the Vigo County School Board discussed several important topics, including the schools’ finances and enrollment.
In September of 2019, Vigo County school officials say there were 14,185 students enrolled in the school corporation, but there are concerns about this number remaining level heading into this fall.
“If we think about before COVID and after COVID, the worry is what is that impact going to be to enrollment,” said Dr. Rob Haworth, VCSC superintendent.
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“You’re hearing from various associations, I’ve heard 5 percent, 10 percent, of parents are thinking about keeping their children 凯发K8国际手机版home,” Haworth said.
For schools, changes in enrollment impact finances.
Monday, during a socially-distant school board meeting, Haworth presented a financial analysis which forecasts the schools’ cash balance by the end of the year.
This was done using both a severe and moderate scenario for enrollment numbers for this fall.
“It would be our hope that we bounce back and go over that 14,000 enrollment number again but just trying to be very realistic,” Haworth said.
Haworth’s severe scenario sees enrollment at 13,622 students, while the moderate scenario forecasts over 13,962 students.
The difference between the two scenarios in terms of the impact on the school corporation’s cash balance is $1.275 million dollars.
“I would not value it is as better or worst than, it is just the point at which we find ourselves,” Haworth said.
Haworth says moving forward the school corporation will still have much work to do.
“This is just the start, we’re showing you these numbers but we continue to need to think about controlling our costs,” Haworth said.
Monday, Haworth also recommended an over $5.3 million dollar general obligation bond.
While the school board has yet to decide on the topic, the money would be used for purchasing Chromebooks for third through seventh graders.
It would also allow for roofing, paving, and HVAC projects.