GOSHEN — Where will Goshen Schools’ new pool be built?
That’s been a frequently discussed question when it comes to the corporation’s $17 million school improvement project.
Superintendent Diane Woodworth said she is working to form a community task force that will decide whether the pool should go in the middle school or the high school.
“I’ve tried to get a cross-section of people from the community,” Woodworth told the school board during its meeting Monday, Dec. 9.
She asked board members to give her names of people who might be interested in serving on the task force. After the meeting, Woodworth said it might be about two weeks before the final group is put together.
The task force of between 10 and 20 members will meet twice in January to discuss the pool location. The goal of the task force, according to the school corporation’s consulting firm, InterDesign, will be to focus on reaching a consensus about which school campus is the better location for the new pool. The group will then report its findings to the school board in February.
The task force will not chose the specific location on campus for the pool, and it will also not be responsible for the pool’s design, according to InterDesign’s recommendation to the school corporation.
The new pool’s location has been a hot topic among those affected by the school’s project.
Andrea Johnson, a parent of a Goshen student, spoke on the issue at an Oct. 30 public meeting — shortly before the community voted to support the project on Nov. 5.
Johnson said that she would like to know where the new pool would be built before voting in favor of the project. She worried that middle school students might not get to use a new pool located at the high school.
“If we’re going to commit to do it (build a new pool), let’s commit to do it so all the students can use (the pool), not just the swim team,” Johnson said at the meeting.
Another parent at that meeting, Tonia Immel, said she has two children, one in middle school and one in high school. She was less concerned about where the pool would be located and simply stated, “We need this for our kids.”