Elementary Transition: West Vigo and Deming Elementary Schools
Transition Information for Deming and West Vigo Elementary Schools
At the close of the 2020-21 school year, West Vigo Elementary and Deming Elementary Schools will be consolidated and repurposed.
Students currently attending West Vigo Elementary School will be redistricted into Fayette and Sugar Creek Consolidated Elementary Schools.
Students currently attending Deming Elementary School will be redistricted into Ouabache and Benjamin Franklin Elementary Schools.
The Vigo County School Corporation is committed to a smooth transition for affected families. This page will be updated as transition events are planned and more information is available. We anticipate having more information about social events, field trips to new schools, and open houses for families.
Frequently asked questions about elementary school reorganization:
Why are we reducing the number of elementary schools in Vigo County?
Vigo County is has experienced a population decline since the 1970s. In the 2020-21 school year, Vigo County had 18 elementary schools. Peer corporations by student enrollment have 11-12. A demographic study predicts that student enrollment will decline an additional 1,000 students between Fall 2019 and Fall 2031 due to birthrates and low in-migration.
Why West Vigo Elementary and Deming Elementary Schools?
A committee was formed in July 2020 to reorganize elementary schools. In February 2020, the school board approved the strategic plan, which calls for reducing our elementary schools from 18 to 16 at the close of the 2020-21 school year, and reducing our elementary schools from 16 to 15 at the close of the 2021-22 school year.
The committee, which included parent, community, teacher, administrative, and staff representatives, identified West Vigo Elementary and Deming Elementary based on age of building, low current and future enrollment, and the ease for families to consolidate into existing schools. West Vigo and Deming are the district’s second and third smallest schools by student enrollment.
What will happen with the buildings?
Deming Elementary School will become a robust early learning center, providing high-quality early childhood education including Pre-K and transitional Kindergarten classes. The Wabash Valley has a deficit of high-quality childcare opportunities.
West Vigo Elementary School will be the new home of the administration building and will continue to house Covered Bridge Special Education District academic programming.
Will class sizes increase?
We do not anticipate average class sizes increasing as a result of this reorganization. Ouabache, Benjamin Franklin, Fayette, and Sugar Creek Consolidated Elementary Schools are outstanding schools with caring staff members. Many staff members from West Vigo and Deming Elementary Schools will be placed at Ouabache, Benjamin Franklin, Fayette, and Sugar Creek Consolidated.
When was this discussed?
The strategic plan was finalized in February 2020, and it called for elementary school reorganization by the end of the 2020-21 school year, and again at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
The elementary reorganization committee submitted their recommendation, after months of work, in December 2020.
After the committee’s recommendation, the administration held three community meetings in virtual and in-person formats in January 2021. The board accepted the committee’s recommendation on January 25, 2021.
Please let us know if we can answer any questions.
These maps show the new boundaries for Sugar Creek Consolidated, Fayette, Ouabache, and Benjamin Franklin. Please note: redistricted students from these schools will be allowed to remain at their current school. For instance, a student currently attending Sugar Creek Consolidated but who is now districted for Fayette can continue to attend Sugar Creek Consolidated on a permit. Please complete this permit form or contact your school’s principal for more information.
Open Houses for Families at New Schools
We want to meet our new families! There will be an open house at Ouabache, Benjamin Franklin, Sugar Creek Consolidated, and Fayette to welcome families who have been redistricted to these schools.