Last night the Vigo County School Board approved a $4 million dollar renovation for Hoosier Prairie Elementary School in Southern Vigo County.
It is the last open concept school in the county and the renovation will fix that.
The school was built with movable walls and no doors in most of the building.
40 years ago it was the latest concept to promote open spaces and a better learning environment.
Today we know that it also means more noise and less security.
There will also be improvements to energy efficiency and will fix problems with water intrusion.
Funding will come from the school corporation’s capital projects fund and will not result in a tax increase.
Last night the board also expressed interest in drafting a resolution to tell the state legislature that the corporation isn’t in favor of the state eliminating the business personal property tax unless there is a replacement revenue stream.
The corporation could lose close to $3 million if the tax is eliminated.
Also, the Wabash Valley Community Foundation presented a check for $5,000 to the school district for its backpack program to feed hungry children.
The funds are from the Community Chest of Terre Haute.