Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 31, 2013

School corporation officials host their final info meeting

BY SHERRY VAN ARSDALL sherry.vanarsdall@goshennews.com
Goshen News

---- — GOSHEN — Tonia Immel spoke in favor of the referendum during a community hearing at Goshen Middle School on Wednesday.

“I am glad the school is considering this. We need this for our kids,” Immel said.

Voters in the Goshen Community Schools district are being asked to vote Tuesday to approve the $17.15 million building project, which involves Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School.

A small crowd gathered to hear school officials give a presentation on the referendum and what the voters are being asked to approve in the building project, with $10 million going for a new pool.

The site for the pool has yet to be determined with the design-build process, said GCS Superintendent Diane Woodworth.

As a parent and registered voter, Andrea Johnson has concerns about the location of the new pool and being accessible for all children in the school corporation.

“I want to know that all our children will get to use the pool and not just some of them,” Johnson said. “I would like a little bit more commitment (from school officials) on the location.”

School board vice president Catherine Cripe said the board members have been fiscally responsible “as we can” in going forward with the bond referendum.

“We don’t know where the location will be,” Cripe said.

Cripe said the legislature gave the opportunity for local school boards to ask for referendums for better facilities.

“We are following that,” Cripe said. “What every person can do in this election — they can say yes I want it or no I don’t.”

Even though the election has just one question on the ballot, Woodworth said it’s an important question.

“We believe this project is fiscally responsible and provides for quality programs for the next 20 years,” Woodworth said. “We believe it continues to move GCS on the road to excellence in education for students in Goshen.”