Some folks are confused by how the district can be considering this proposal given the cuts we were forced to make in the transportation department. Because this referendum vote would raise the needed levy outside the property tax caps, there would be no change to the current transportation budget. In other words, with or without this proposed project, the current impact to the transportation budget, caused by property tax caps, remains the same.
The question has also been raised about the need to transport students for swim instruction to the proposed new pool site. If a new pool is located at GHS, and if the district decides to still offer swimming to middle school students or elementary students, then yes, transportation would be a concern. A decision would need to be made at that time to continue swim instruction or not for those students. If a new pool ends up at GMS, then this transportation concern would not materialize, as currently, all GMS students receive swim instruction every year as part of their physical education program and this could continue in that scenario.
For the median priced home owner in Goshen, this proposed project asks for an additional $3.09 per month in property taxes. We believe this is a modest number to ask in order to positively influence the education for GCS students. Therefore, again, we urge all Goshen Community Schools residents to vote on Nov. 5
Diane Woodworth has been superintendent of Goshen Community Schools since 2012