Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 19, 2013

Goshen Community Schools doing right thing with bond issue

— Last week was an e-poll to see what people thought about tax caps. Most people agreed they are working and the school system needs to adjust to having less budgeted money. This is true. One way they are doing this is looking to pass a $17.15 million bond issue, which will be voted on this Nov. 5.

Because the facade on the front of GHS needs to be repaired, because it is not fiscally responsible having a $200,000 average maintenance bill on two pools, because Phend Field needs to be relocated because of the proposed overpass, because the GMS cafeteria needs enlarging since children start eating at 10:30 a.m., because the music programs cannot practice in their normal rooms because of the size of the award-winning, growing bands, and because of the need for more PE space at GMS and GHS, Goshen schools are being fiscally responsible in looking to pass this bond issue.

Because of tax caps there is no other way to plan needed renovations and additions into the school budget. I support this bond issue because of our well led, successful music programs. I support this bond issue because the need of having a new pool not draining resources for upkeep. I support this bond issue because the children at GMS should have more than 10 minutes to eat their lunch and not start at 10:30 a.m.

This bond will cost the median home owner $37.06 per year. I support paying this and hope that all registered voters will consider voting YES on Nov. 5. This supports our students, our schools and our community.

— Steve Norton