By JOHN KLINE
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Entry to Goshen High School’s graduation ceremony this spring will require a ticket.
Goshen High School Principal Barry Younghans told the Goshen Board of School Trustees Monday evening he plans to go ahead with a proposal to issue a set number of tickets to each graduating senior as a way to try and curb growing attendance issues at the ceremony.
Younghans initially presented the proposal during the board’s Feb. 12 meeting, where he indicated that attendance at the high school’s graduation ceremony has been growing significantly for the past few years, raising concerns about safety as attendee numbers grow into the thousands.
Under the new plan, seniors will each be given six tickets, which they will then be able to give to relatives and family members they would like to attend the graduation.
Acknowledging that sometimes unforeseen issues come up with relatives, Younghans said he is also considering several options that would allow for additional tickets to be doled out, such as allowing students who don’t need all six of their tickets to give their extras to fellow students who need them.
“I have heard feedback from a very limited few,” Younghans said when asked if he has heard any negative comments from the public regarding the proposal. “I think if you folks haven’t heard anything, I’m thinking that we’re going to move ahead. The long and short of it is I didn’t hear anything that would keep me from doing it.”
To help inform GHS students and parents about the change, Younghans said he has drafted information letters in both English and Spanish that will soon be sent out to the families of all graduating seniors.
“We’ll probably send those letters out toward the end of this week,” Younghans said.
New Title I designations
In other business, board members approved a request to add Model and Prairie View elementary schools to the Title I designation.
Title I is a federal program set up originally for disadvantaged students to provide funding for additional tutoring services and supplies and materials for those schools designated as Title I.
“Currently we have five of our seven elementary schools identified as Title I buildings,” said Assistant Superintendent Bob Evans. “It is our desire to add the last two elementary schools to the Title I designation so as to provide increased resources to all students in Goshen Community Schools.”
Evans noted that budgets will be revised when the 2013-14 allocation is released to accommodate all seven elementary schools and the corporation’s newly established preschool program.
“All program funds will be paid from the Title I grant by reallocating funds,” Evans said. “Model and Prairie View will begin the school-wide planning process to define their programs upon your approval.”
Also approved by the board Monday was a request by Evans to advertise for bids for 490 laptop computers as part of the high school’s one-to-one laptop program for incoming freshmen, which is now in its third year.
“We would like to advertise this week and then again the following week,” Evans said, “with bids being due March 18.”
Evans said after all bids have been received, a recommendation will be brought to the board at its March 25 meeting.