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Goshen Schools preparing for Nov. 5 election

There's one more chance to get informed about Goshen Schools' renovation project before the Nov. 5 election.

Posted on Oct. 14, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 14, 2013 at 4:39 p.m.

GOSHEN — In a few weeks, people living in the Goshen Schools district will be voting on whether the school should spend money on a major renovation.

If a majority of voters agree to a raise in property taxes to fund the project, the school will add a new pool and more space for the cafeteria and music programs. The total cost for the renovation is an estimated $17.5 million.

Diane Woodworth, Goshen Schools superintendent, said Friday, Oct. 11, that the public meetings the school has hosted on the project have gone well.

“It feels pretty positive,” Woodworth said, referring to the feedback she’s heard during the public meetings. “Questions that were asked were pointed, sometimes, but they were helpful.”

Woodworth said one more meeting is planned for Oct. 30, for people who haven’t been able to make any of the other presentations.

“We thought it would be helpful to offer one more opportunity,” Woodworth said.

She added that this final meeting will follow the same format as the other meetings — she and other Goshen Schools administrators will go through a slideshow presentation and describe the details of the renovation. The presentation includes “frequently asked questions” as well as an explanation of the need for more space and details about the cost of the project.

“We have not had large numbers in attendance (at the other public information meetings),” Woodworth said Friday. “Because this is new, I worry that people are not paying attention, and that people don’t realize there is a vote.”

She added that the school plans to also send information sheets home with elementary students the week after fall break, to hopefully get news of the project, and the election, to students’ parents. The school will also continue to post information about the project on social media.

The election is slated for Nov. 5. Registered voters living in precincts Elkhart 1 through Elkhart 21, comprising all of the Goshen Community Schools district, can vote, according to information from the Elkhart County Election Board.

The final public information meeting about the project is at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30, in the Goshen Middle School auditorium. The presentation put together by Goshen Schools can also be viewed anytime by visiting www.goshenschools.org and clicking on the information slide show on the left side of the home page.

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