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November 7, 2013

GCS referendum: Why it passed

PAC, meetings among reasons cited in project approval

GOSHEN — The yays were 2,099 and the nays were 1,341.

Voters within the Goshen Community Schools Corp. boundaries approved a $17.15 million construction project.

Why did it pass when three other referendums around the state failed Tuesday?

“Maybe holding four informational meetings (prior to the election),” said Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Diane Woodworth.

And Woodworth gives credit to the Say Yes Goshen Political Action Committee (PAC) for helping to inform voters about the referendum.

“Our PAC was absolutely fabulous in the work they did to support this referendum,” Woodworth said.

PAC campaign manager Steve Norton spearheaded the political action committee working to support the referendum.

“There were three or four things helpful in passing the referendum,” Norton said.

The four pieces (aspects) included Facebook, the band booster organization, Greencroft Goshen communities, Woodworth and GCS school board members.

“The Facebook page was one piece. We ended up with between 500 to 600 likes by the end of last (Tuesday) night. A lot of people would post on the page and then share other posts on their own pages,” Norton said. “Another piece — the band boosters are a very strong organization. Most of the parents are part of band boosters and that helped get the word out. The kids got involved with hand out window clings and signs.”

Norton said he gave an informational presentation about the referendum to residents at Greencroft and they were able to get the information and share it with others.

“That was another piece. The number of people (at Greencroft) were very much behind the referendum. There was a real strong desire to participate in moving Goshen forward and making Goshen a quality community and because of that they were pro-referendum.”

The last piece he saw that helped voters support the referendum was Woodworth and the school board members.

“They did a very good job of defining what was needed. They knew what was needed and did their homework,” Norton said. “I think that spoke to people and there was no organized opposition in Goshen like Mishawaka and Muncie.”

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