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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

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The Council had voted 4-3 along party lines to defeat the proposal.

After the defeat, Woodworth said Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman suggested using the city’s existing 50/50 program for sidewalk construction.

So city engineer Mary Cripe worked with Evans to determine the properties that would be involved and new sidewalks were installed before the first day of school Aug. 9.

“The school then paid the resident’s portion for the sidewalk construction,” Woodworth said. “The board had previously approved the budget appropriations that were used for this purpose and appraised of this program.”

Redskin uproar

Just prior to graduation in June, school administrators had a wooden Indian chief statue removed from the gymnasium based on previous recommendations from an athletic council formed years ago to study the appropriateness of Goshen High School’s “Redskins” nickname.

The removal of the statue, which Woodworth called temporary, had fueled a social media uproar just days before commencement, as well as speculation that the school corporation had already changed its nearly 90-year-old nickname. The nickname, Woodworth had assured, was not changed.

And then Woodworth had issued a statement saying the statue would be placed back in the gymnasium in time for graduation.

Making the grade

Recently, new school grades through the state’s controversial A-F grading system were released following a meeting of the State Board of Education.

For Goshen Community Schools, the corporation received more gains than losses when it comes to grade improvements for the 2012-2013 school year.

Four of the corporation’s nine schools saw improvements in their grades, two saw no change from their 2012 grades, and three schools saw a drop in their grades from 2012.

“The A-F grades for GCS show some significant gains and thus we are pleased with the growth that was realized,” said Woodworth, following the release of the grades. “Our children are our community’s greatest treasure, and as such, GCS is truly committed to quality and excellence in all we do! We will continue to strive for improvement in student achievement, while maintaining our commitment to overall excellence and quality in all programs for our students.”

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