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UPDATE: Goshen Superintendent excited to begin work on school improvements

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Goshen Community School's will get the money they need to make improvements to the middle and high school.  The referendum passed with 2,099 'Yes' votes over 1,341 'No' votes.

The more than $17 million project includes a new pool and practice space for music students, among other things

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, Bob Evans says the pool at the high school is more than 50 years old and in desperate need of repair.  Evans says music students are practicing in hallways and cramped closets.

"The district is very much in favor of this. We believe that this program is not only good for Goshen schools, but it's good for the community as a whole," says Evans.

Evans says a new pool would replace the two existing pools at the high school and middle school and would save money in operating costs over time.  The district isn't sure yet where the new pool would go.      

In addition to the new pool, the money will go to several renovations at the High School and Middle School.  One of the changes will have a big impact on middle school lunches. 

Superintendent Diane Woodworth says right now the school has four lunches, with the first starting at 10:40am.  By changing the cafeteria layout, they can be more efficient and cut down to three lunches.  That would mean students will start eating at a more reasonable time.

According to the district, the tax impact varies on each family, but for a median-valued home in Goshen ($101,500) the tax impact would only be $37.03 per year.

If you want to calculate the impact the referendum would have on your taxes, you can find out by clicking here.

In the end, the project is designed to save money.  Woodworth says the new pool alone is estimated to save the district $125,000 in current operating expenses.

Woodworth says, if all goes well, groundbreaking on the project can begin in August of 2014 and be complete in January of 2016.



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