Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

November 1, 2013

Superintendent belives in project

I am writing this to encourage all registered voters within the Goshen Community School (GCS) district to exercise their democratic right to vote on Nov. 5. The school district believes that the option being presented to the community is a fiscally responsible one for everyone involved.

By closing two pools and having only one pool to maintain, the district will realize around $1.25 million in savings in one decade. This savings would allow GCS to purchase computers and maintain roofs, etc. In addition, this project would enlarge the Goshen Middle School (GMS) cafeteria, provide more room for the award winning music programs at both Goshen High School (GHS) and GMS, as well as provide more classrooms for special education and physical education at both schools. More details about the proposed project are available by viewing the PowerPoint on the GCS website (www.goshenschools.org).

All students that go through the district will benefit from this project. In this environment of open enrollment and voucher options, GCS needs to stay competitive and this project helps in that endeavor.

We were pleased with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce decision to publicly endorse this proposal as a positive economic development issue for the community. Studies confirm that in order for a community to be a vibrant growing place, in which people want to live, there must be a high quality school district located there as well. The two are intrinsically linked together. One aspect of being an excellent school district includes up-to-date and well maintained facilities, and this project addresses that component.

Questions have been asked regarding why the district has not yet decided on the location of the proposed pool, GHS or GMS. We do not believe it is prudent to spend money on site surveys and other needed research instruments until after the community speaks via the referendum vote. In addition, the curriculum and programs at both buildings will be considered, along with the site studies as part of the design build process. All of this information will be utilized to make a final decision on the location of the proposed pool.

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