Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

May 14, 2014

LETTERS FOR MAY 14, 2014: ‘Concord community is special’

‘Concord community is special’

As a result of the impact of constitutionally instituted tax caps on our schools, the Concord school board was faced with the difficult decision to ask the community to support a local tax to replace those lost funds. Last week, the Concord community responded with a vote of “YES” for Concord kids!

I would like to thank the Concord school board for making the difficult choice to pursue the referendum. The referendum process is the legal process put in place for schools in our situation, so our school board had not been faced with this challenge in the past. The members of our school board take their responsibility seriously and they know this was a difficult choice for our community members.

I would also like to thank the YES for CONCORD KIDS steering committee, a group of volunteers who have donated much time and energy over these last few weeks to making sure that our community is as informed as possible. Their tireless efforts towards answering questions in person, in public, and on social media, distributing door hangers and yard signs, attending one more event where information can be shared, and working the polls on Tuesday have been greatly appreciated.

The Concord community is special. From the beginning of this process, the grassroots nature of communicating and involving people has driven much of the important communication and dialogue about our schools and about the choices that we are asked to make. I would like to thank our community. We are grateful for the confidence and trust that you have for the work that is to be done with Concord students. Your support means that we will continue to have excellent schools which lead to a successful community.

— Wayne StubbsSuperintendentConcord Community Schools

Partisan primaries should change

I could not agree with this guest editorial by the Bloomington Herald-Times more (“Primaries are past their prime,” The Goshen News, May 8). It is time to change Indiana’s voting system, which is so outdated from partisan to non-partisan. I stopped voting for that very reason.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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