By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS
GOSHEN — Yes or no.
In the special election Tuesday, registered voters living in the Goshen Community School district will vote to halt or proceed with a $17.15 million construction project involving both Goshen High School and Goshen Middle School.
GCS Superintendent Diane Woodworth said it’s an important question even though the election has just one question on the ballot,
The proposed building project includes $10 million for a new pool at GMS or GHS in a Goshen Community Schools bond referendum special election.
“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.”
School board members are seeking to renovate the two schools to add space for the music programs, physical education programs, remodel the GMS kitchen/cafe and to consolidate the pools in both schools into one new pool.
At Goshen High School, there would be an addition for band/orchestra support spaces at $1.710 million and renovations would 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 Phend Field. The field is expected to be taken by the U.S. 33 relocation project, so a new field will have to be constructed.
The changes at Goshen Middle School would be $540,000 for a physical education/fitness room and renovations, including $490,000 to remodel the pool and lockers areas for a band room; $130,000 to remodel the orchestra area for special education classrooms; and the addition and remodeling of the kitchen and cafe for $1.1 million.
The special election will be limited to registered voters of precincts Elkhart 1 through Elkhart 21, comprising all of the Goshen Community School District. All other voters in Elkhart County are not eligible. Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Anyone with questions about eligibility are asked to contact the Clerk’s Office at 535-6469 or Voter Registration at 535-6775.
Polling Locations for the 2013 Special Election are:
Elkhart 1 — Greene Road Church (formerly Christian Reformed Church), 518 N. Greene Road
Elkhart 2 — Salvation Army, 1013 N. Main Street
Elkhart 3 — Salvation Army, 1013 N. Main Street
Elkhart 4 — North Goshen Mennonite Church, 501 N. Eighth St.
Elkhart 5 — Trinity Lutheran Church, 202 S. Greene Road
Elkhart 6 — Trinity Lutheran Church, 202 S. Greene Road
Elkhart 7 — First Assembly of God, 1706 Westplains Drive
Elkhart 8 — Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 985, 1201 W. Pike Street
Elkhart 9 — First Baptist Church, 1011 S. Indiana Ave.
Elkhart 10 — First Baptist Church, 1011 S. Indiana Ave.
Elkhart 11 — Shanklin Park – Schrock Pavilion, 411 W. Plymouth Ave.
Elkhart 12 — Shanklin Park – Schrock Pavilion, 411 W. Plymouth Ave.
Elkhart 13 — First English Lutheran Church, 406 S. Fifth St.
Elkhart 14 — Lifepoint Church (formerly First Church of God), 1006 S. 16th St.
Elkhart 15 — Lifepoint Church (formerly First Church of God), 1006 S. 16th St.
Elkhart 16 — Grace Community Church, 20076 C.R. 36
Elkhart 17 — Greencroft Senior Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd.
Elkhart 18 — Prairieview Missionary Church, 2612 Dierdorff Road
Elkhart 19 — Greencroft Senior Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd.
Elkhart 20 — Maple City Chapel, 2015 Lincolnway East
Elkhart 21 — Maple City Chapel, 2015 Lincolnway East