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Fewer Students Means Less Money For Vigo County Schools

Tight budgets are a fact of life for every school system in the state of Indiana as well as other states. 

State funding for the Vigo County School Corp. will remain relativly flat for the next two years according to officials. 

The Legislature approved a state budget that provides a 2 percent increase in total funding for schools the first year and a 1 percent increase the second year. But not every district will see increases.

121 of Indiana school districts will see no increase. 

Vigo County Schools will see and $18,000 increase in the first year of the two year budget and 0.4 percent increase in the second year. 

Funding is based on enrollment and that is going down in VigoCounty. 

That is due to people moving away and by parents putting their children in private schools with vouchers taking that money away from public schools.

Officials say that VigoCounty will have fewer employees but for right now that will be handled by not replacing those who retire or leave.

Thanks to The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, officials are watching transportation. 

Travel for athletic programs, particularly at the middle school level, as well as field trips, are being closely scrutinized to make sure those who don’t have corporation health care don’t go over 30 hours. 

If they do, they will have to be provided health care or the corporation will be fined.