Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

January 23, 2014

Progress given on Goshen Schools pool

GOSHEN — Plans are moving along for the $17.15 million construction and renovationproject currently in the works by Goshen Community Schools. A major portion of that project, which was approved by voters in a special referendum last November, involves replacing the corporation’s two existing swimming pools with a new competition pool. The project 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. Diane Woodworth, superintendent of Goshen Community Schools, provided a rundown of the progress of the project during a special joint meeting of the Goshen School Board and Goshen City Council Tuesday evening. During the meeting, Woodworth described how the corporation’s recently-convened Technical Review Committee, which oversees the scoring of the Request for Qualification responses necessary for the project’s design-build process, met all day Tuesday and most of Wednesday interviewing potential build teams for the project. “We had seven responses from design-build teams to our RFQ, so that was a good response,” Woodworth said. “We’re interviewing all seven teams, which is great to be able to hear all of their ideas and why they think they are qualified teams. The goal then is to narrow that down to three teams that move forward to the Request for Proposal stage, which is where the actual designing of the project happens. So I think it will be hard, because they’re all really qualified teams. But it’s also exciting that we had such a great response.” According to Woodworth, the overall goal is to award the project contract sometime in May, with groundbreaking scheduled for sometime in August. Woodworth said her hope is that the project will be substantially completed in December of 2015 so that the school corporation will be able to use the spaces in January of 2016. Pool location Not surprisingly, one of the biggest questions that arose from Woodworth’s presentation on the project’s progress Tuesday was “Where will the new pool be located?” Woodworth acknowledged that while an exact site for the new pool has not yet been determined, she did note that the corporation has convened a special community task force whose goal will be to look at all the site options available. “Our first meeting of that group is (Wednesday) night,” Woodworth said. “That will be led by our consultants who are leading us through this process.” Woodworth said the task force will likely meet two or three times to help determine between the two campuses — Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School. “So we’ll review those and assess the pros and cons,” Woodworth said. Still, Woodworth noted that the final decision will come down to what makes the most sense economically for the school corporation. “It will probably be kind of a hybrid process, where this group may kind of prioritize, here are the major pros at having it at Goshen High School, here are the major pros of having it at Goshen Middle School,” Woodworth said. “But then it will still depend on the cost associated with either site. So we’ll kind of work through it and see where we end up.” The task force would actually make a recommendation to the board on which site it feels should be selected, and the board would have the final say. “But just note, we are taking that very seriously, and know that there are strong feelings on both sides of that,” Woodworth said of the selection process. “So we’ll do the best we can to make it the best thing possible for our community.” Following Woodworth’s presentation, Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman thanked Woodworth and the members of the board for their work in getting the project successfully approved by the Goshen community. “I just wanted to congratulate you on getting your referendum through,” Kauffman said, “and educating the community well enough that they would support the project.” Woodworth was quick to reciprocate on behalf of the board and school corporation. “It was I think a good outcome, and thank you to all of you for all that you did as well,” Woodworth said to the mayor and council. “The community was just very supportive, so we have a lot to be thankful for.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GN140801 Cellular Connection backpack giveaway 011.jpg For free school supplies, head to The Cellular Connection GOSHEN — Residents in Goshen are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign. The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the United States, in a joint effort with its customers, will be donating 100,000

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140801 jeffery hunt Warsaw man gets 120 years for home invasion

    GOSHEN — An elderly New Paris couple who were victims of a violent home invasion last fall recounted that frightening night during one of their attackers’ sentencing hearing.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ GN140801 eby ford image 02 Eby Ford renovates showroom and more GOSHEN — The remodeled and expanded Eby Ford, Lincoln, Mercury dealership was celebrated Thursday night during an open house and ribbon cutting. “Without our awesome customers, we wouldn’t be here,” said owner Todd Eby as he addressed the crowd of fr

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140801 Mackowiak new Millersburg marshal.jpg Retired Goshen police officer sworn in as new Millersburg town marshal

    Retired Goshen police officer Al Mackowiak was sworn in as Millersburg's new town marshal Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wawasee Conservancy map Conservancy buys wetlands property at Syracuse Lake SYRACUSE — The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation has purchased 44 1/2 acres of property along the southeast corner of Syracuse Lake. It is adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks, East Shore Drive and Cornelius Road and includes the Bonar Lake wetlands

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140731 Habitat auction2.jpg Friday auction to benefit Habitat SHIPSHEWANA — On Friday, LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity will host its annual auction at Shipshewana Auction Barn.The auction begins at 3:30 p.m. and includes, among many other items, a five-piece bedroom suite, a white oak trestle table and a d

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • City heads seek more employees GOSHEN — Like the 2014 budget, the city of Goshen’s proposed 2015 budget will include a number of requests for new personnel as department heads fight to maintain services amidst growing responsibilities and shrinking coffers.The Goshen City Council

    July 31, 2014

  • Rerouting for U.S. 33 lags behind GOSHEN — It looks like the city could start seeing some movement on the planned U.S. 33 rerouting project by as early as next month.That’s the word from Goshen Civil City Engineer Mary Cripe, who spoke on the subject during the annual Goshen City Cou

    July 31, 2014

  • School board OKs contract GOSHEN — The Board of Directors of the Goshen Community School Corp. approved the design-build contract with Ancon Construction of Goshen Wednesday.They approved $12.260 million for the Goshen Middle School piece of construction, said GCS Superintend

    July 31, 2014

  • Hunt_Jeffrey New Paris home invader sentenced to 120 years in prison

    Jeffery J. Hunt was sentenced to 120 years after being pleading guilty to a violent home invasion in New Paris.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Classes at Goshen Community Schools and St. John the Evangelist Catholic School will begin the 2014-15 school year on Thursday, Aug. 7. School corporations throughout the state have been trending toward earlier start dates the past few years. When do you think school should start?

I think early August is a good time to start
I think later in August would be a good time to start
I think school should start after Labor Day
     View Results
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN