Goshen News, Goshen, IN

July 7, 2013

School trustee is a key position in our community


— Last month Jon Jesse resigned his position as vice president of Goshen Community Schools’ board of trustees after 11 years of service to the corporation. He did so because he was relocating out of the school corporation’s boundaries. We would like to thank Jesse for his commitment to serving the community and his efforts in making Goshen Community Schools a great place to learn.

Being a school trustee isn’t an easy job. School board members don’t just show up to meetings every couple weeks and call it good. They study the corporation’s finances, visit schools, talk to teachers, meet with parents and keep up with a plethora of educational trends, standards and requirements.

It’s more work than any trustee likely bargained for when they first put their name on a ballot.

“It’s been a true honor to serve the corporation,” Jesse said after his fellow board members accepted his resignation in June. “We have a great board. … So we’ve got a lot of good things going, we’ve got some rough water ahead, but (the board) is going to address it head on and make the right decisions at all times for the betterment of the students and for the corporation.”

Jesse is right. Goshen schools do have plenty of good things happening. We truly believe that Goshen has some of the best schools in the state. The International Baccalaureate program at the high school is a gem and our music programs are incredible. The rough waters he referenced are largely financial. Goshen, like many school corporations has been forced to make difficult cuts as the full effect of property tax caps are realized. With overcrowding issues in schools, transportation shortfalls and the need for a new pool for the high school, those challenges won’t be getting any easier.

Even so, we were encouraged last week when school board members interviewed seven candidates wishing to complete Jesse’s term that runs through the end of 2014. The quality of the applicants is top notch. The candidates are, Craig Harris, Rick Holdrread, Roger Nafziger, Bill Rieth, Keith Goodman, Brad Miller and Gene Stutsman. We are grateful to these men for their willingness to step up to the plate and take a swing at bettering our community. We’re sure their primary professions keep them busy enough. Serving on the school board won’t do any favors for their free time.

This school board seat is an important position in this community. We’re confident the six current school trustees will pick the right person to fill out their board and help keep a good thing going.