Goshen school board member resigns

Jane DeVoe

GOSHEN — Goshen school board member Jane DeVoe will resign because she is moving out of the district.

Her resignation is effective on Monday.

The school board accepted DeVoe’s resignation letter toward the end of Tuesday’s meeting.

DeVoe cited family job relocation as the reason.

DeVoe, a retired teacher, was appointed to the at-large post in 2015 after board member Jane Troup was shifted from the at-large position to fill a vacancy in District 3.

Once her resignation becomes effective, the school board has 30 days to fill the at-large seat.

Any interested person should send or drop off a letter of interest and resume to board president, Felipe Merino, at 613 E. Purl St. in Goshen by June 11.

(19) comments

RickVerde

Please post some facts that prove renters, who do not own property, pay double.

fire111

Where have you been since 2010 "common"? Rental properties are taxed @ 2%, while residential is taxed @ 1%. And I just can't imagine a rental owner not passing their expenses on to the renters. Very poor business practice!

bettermethanyou

Funny how a School Board member can't live outside the District, but the Superintendent can.

Jonas

Makes all kinds of sense to me. The superintendent is hired by the school board so the board members really do need vested interest in the schools of their community. The super can be hired, fired, quit, or whatever. Come miller4 I thought you knew all of these things.

common sense

It is interesting though that this particular Superintendent was out campaigning for the tax increase and she won't be affected by it since she doesn't live in the district. Then again it's not much different than the residents of Greencroft that she convinced to vote for the tax increase even though they won't be affected either. These referendums should only be voted on by property owners. The ones who will be affected by the increased taxes that result. It's pretty easy to vote yes to increase property taxes when you don't pay them.

bettermethanyou

Common Sense, your point about "property owners only vote" would be funny if it weren't so uninformed. I happen to think that renter's should get two votes to every one that property owners have because they pay twice as much in property taxes as an property owner does. Do you honestly believe that only Greencroft is the only place in town where "renters" live? Hilarious. When I was a kid, 8th Street in Goshen was THE street to live on, now that entire street from Lincoln to College is almost entirely rental properties.

bettermethanyou

CommonSense, or lackthereof,

Your proposal that only property owners should vote is interesting, but severely lacking in the understanding that those that rent pay TWICE the property tax rate of property owners. Taking your example, renters should then get two votes, instead of the zero you propose.

Leeet

common sense?, your opinion is SO AMERICAN, just like our revered Founding Fathers, ONLY PROPERTY OWNERS MATTER, all others are not to be allowed to vote, when are you going to start questioning why women should be allowed to vote?

common sense

A landlord can choose to pass the property tax increase on to renters or not. Some will and some won't. Some won"t because the increase in rent may cause their tenant to look for another place to rent. Even if they pass on the entire increase, how do renters pay twice as much as property owners who live in their own property?

common sense

Leeet, thanks for the compliment. I am proud to American and our founding fathers while not perfect created the greatest country on earth. It is obvious you don't like America and your socialist views would be welcome in several places. Venezuela would be a nice spot for you and you would fit in nicely.

bettermethanyou

Noncommonsense, Landowners property taxes are capped at 1% of assessed value, while commercial properties (including rental properties) are taxed at 2% of assessed value. The people of GCS had their chance to vote "no" on the tax increases, more folks, including myself, understand that having facilities that are NOT overpopulated is not only important, but it is the law.

Leeet

It is obvious you don't like America and your socialist views would be welcome in several places. Venezuela would be a nice spot for you and you would fit in nicely.

'MERICA, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT !!! conservative 'thinking' rule #1, when you feel uncomfortable explaining your opinion, put down the person questioning you.....have you ever Loved someone or something so much that you pointed out areas that they could improve in? Do you actually believe only the PRIVILEGED should have voting rights in this 'greatest country'? ..."I LOVE THE UNEDUCATED!!"....

common sense

Leeet, try looking in the mirror. I believe you were the one (along) with better) who started attacking the person rather than making their case. It's the liberal playbook - accuse the other side of doing exactly what you're doing so it can't be pinned on you.

fire111

Exactly Jonas. The super is hired on a business deal. The super is not a board member. Board members are elected by the voters in the district. I have no idea where the Goshen super lives. But I find no where in State law that requires a superintendent MUST live in the school system where they are employed.

Leeet

Leeet, try looking in the mirror.

Smoke and Mirrors, conservative 'thinker'.....you STILL have not explained to us your comment about who should be voting and who shouldn't.....please, stop bloviating and start discussing intelligently the future of our 'greatest country'......

Leeet

BRAD, here is your chance! GO FOR IT !!

fire111

So better... I searched all over Indiana law, trying to see if school supers must live in the district they are employed by. Could not find that law. But a school board member is voted into their job by the patron of the district. School supers are not voted into their job. Board members make the dollar and cent decisions. Not the super. And for common sense... any school referendum is voted on by only that school districts residents. All residents pay property tax in some form. Whether it's through their own payments or included in their rental payments. Very very few are tax exempt. If renters did not pay tax, 33% of the county would not pay.

bettermethanyou

Fire, and your point is......?

biker1

Good point. I also believe if you work for ANY governmental agency, city, county, school district, etc, you should have to live in that area.

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