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December 30, 2013

Goshen Community Schools had its share of triumphs and setbacks in 2013

Goshen Community Schools had triumphs and setbacks in 2013

GOSHEN — It was an outcome worthy of a high-five.

And that is just what Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Diane Woodworth and GCS board president Jane Troup did after the final votes were tallied in November for the renovations project referendum which includes a new pool.

The passing of the $17.15 million construction project by voters within the Goshen Community School Corp. boundaries was the highlight in good news for 2013.

A Technical Review Committee was formed after the voters approved the building project as part of the design-build process.

The planned renovations and additions to Goshen’s middle and high schools include the closure and repurposing of the two aging pools at the high school and middle school and the construction of a new pool on one of those school campuses to be shared by the entire school corporation.

School officials say the referendum will provide “for quality programs for the next 20 years.”

Earlier in May, the bad news came in the form of transportation cuts for 2013-2014 due to Indiana’s circuit breaker tax caps. The tax caps limit the amount of property taxes homeowners and businesses pay.

And the cuts in the busing program affected the music and athletic departments by eliminating funding for music and athletic trips as the district aimed for about $350,000 in savings, according to Assistant Superintendent Bob Evans.

Some of the other recommendations in transportation cuts included eliminating wait times at stops, utilizing bus hubs where students walk a block or two and meet at one place and enforcing the one-mile walk zones.

“We have the policy and we just haven’t enforced it,” said Troup. “It’s just enforcing the policy we have now.”

In June, Woodworth brought a proposal to the Goshen City Council that the corporation and the city split the cost of a $62,500 sidewalk improvement project.

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