GOSHEN — After over two-decades on the Goshen school board, Jane Troup cast her last vote on Monday.
“I call this meeting adjourned,” she said at the end of the meeting.
Troup, who has been on the school board for 24 years, will retire at the end of the year. Monday was her final board meeting ending her six-term career on the board.
Succeeding Troup on Jan. 1 is Mario Graber, who won the District 3 seat during November’s election.
A community reception was held prior to the board meeting to honor Troup for her many years of service during which board members, administrators, staff and community members alike were all in attendance.
The board also kicked off the meeting recognition ceremony by expressing its gratitude and appreciation for the outgoing board member.
“She was an amazing and outstanding board member for 24 years,” Superintendent Diane Woodworth said after the meeting. “Her dedication to GCS is a great model for the rest of us. Also, as past president of Indiana School Board Association, she kept Goshen connected at the state level. She will be sorely missed.”
A graduate of Goshen High School, Troup was first elected to the school board in 1994. During her tenure, she’s served in many capacities, including one year as treasurer, 11 years as secretary, four years as vice president and four years as president.
She has also served on many district committees, including Athletic Council, the Board Policy Committee, the Facility Task Force and the Legislative Committee.
In addition to her roles with the school board, Troup served as the president of the Indiana School Board Association and has consistently attended Indiana School Board Association and National School Board Association annual conferences, meetings and seminars over the years in an effort to stay up-to-date with current educational trends, legislation, data and research.
For her service, she was presented with a crystal ball as an award.
In an interview after Monday’s meeting, Troup said she appreciates the support she’s received from the district and community over the past 24 years and will miss the camaraderie.
“It makes board work a lot easier when you have staff and administration that love the community and the students, and at GCS we have just that,” she said. “So I’m appreciative of my time here on the board, it’s been a pleasure.”
She said she never attended any of the board meetings with her personal objectives.
“For me, it was all about what was best for the corporation, what was needed within the corporation, what the administration brought forward, what the teachers talked about and then we tackled it,” she said.
In her spare time, Troup said she looks forward to spending more time with her family, particularly her grandchildren.