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November 6, 2013

GCS voters say 'Yes' to $17.15M referendum

$17.15M renovations project referendum easily passes


“It’s a good day,” Troup said, smiling while she stood in the county administration building election night. “We got it.”

During the evening as the inspectors of the 21 precincts brought in their ballots to be counted at the administration building, Woodworth and Troup were anxiously waiting to hear the numbers.

Elkhart Precinct 19 at Greencroft Senior Center, was the first precinct to report its numbers, 268 yes to 63 no.

Troup clapped her hands and Woodworth smiled at hearing the initial results.

After two more precinct results were added, Woodworth was asked what was going through her mind.

“I’m just so curious and hoping,” she said.

After 12 of the precincts had reported results and the total stood at 1,386 yes to 834 no, Woodworth smiled.

“I’m feeling better but it’s not over yet,” the superintendent said.

And Troup pointed to the “no” column on the paper she held in her hand as she added the results being called out by Wayne Kramer, Republican election board member.

“No matter what we do, this group is not going to like what we are going to do,” Troup said of those who voted “no.”

The project, which Woodworth expects to break ground on Aug. 4, 2014 and be completed by December 2015, will replace the corporation’s two existing swimming pools with a new competition pool. It will also re-purpose those pool spaces at the high school and middle school into classrooms, more cafeteria space and more physical education and music program space. Some small additions to both buildings are included in the project, which breaks down as such:

• At Goshen High School, there will be an addition for band/orchestra support spaces at $1.710 million and renovations will include $630,000 for remodeling of the music department; $270,000 to convert the pool to physical education/classroom areas; $510,000 to repair the brick-front of GHS; and $500,000 to replace the Phend Field baseball diamond, which is expected to be taken by the U.S. 33 relocation project.

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