By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS
GOSHEN — Roger Nafziger was appointed a new member of the Goshen Board of School Trustees Wednesday evening.
He was one of seven candidates interviewed for the recent vacancy left by outgoing board member Jon Jesse.
Nafziger has lived in Goshen for four years with his wife, Laurie.
The new board member has a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in education administration. He was a former teacher with the Wa-Nee Community School Corporation and currently is the Director of Planned Giving at Goshen College. He has served on the Goshen Board of Zoning Appeals, is a board member at United Way of Elkhart County and a founding member of the Goshen Community Schools Foundation.
The candidates interviewed besides Nafziger at the Goshen Community Schools Administration Building July 1 included Craig Harris, Rick Holderread, Bill Rieth, Keith Goodman, Brad Miller and Gene Stutsman.
“They were all good candidates and each of them would have made a good board member,” said board president Jane Troup.
Board secretary Dan West added his thanks to the candidates, as well.
“I wanted to thank those who came forward to be interviewed,” West said, “and put their name in the hat to be considered for the position.”
Jesse, who had served on the board for the past 11 years, announced he would be giving up his seat during the board’s June 10 meeting due to plans to relocate out of the corporation’s boundaries. Jesse’s term is set to end Dec. 31, 2014.
In other business, board members approved a new program at Goshen High School for next year, JAG: Jobs for American Graduates.
“We will be working with the WorkOne force in Elkhart to start the program. This is a national program that will be expanded in five area high schools next year,” said Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Diane Woodworth.
The JAG program focuses on careers and what it takes to be successful at employment, she added.
The program explores career interests, personal fiance, work ethics, new and upcoming careers, as well as local community needs.
“We are limiting the group to 40 students, juniors and seniors only. One of the top goals of the program is to make sure that students graduate, and help students work through the problems that may be affecting their ability to be successful at school,” Woodworth said. “Students will have the opportunity to do some career research to find out what they might be good at, or enjoy doing, as well as service learning opportunities.”