Goshen Community Schools

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The Goshen Community Schools Board approved an agreement Monday night that could help the district recruit more teachers.

The Goshen Community School Board approved three resolutions Monday evening to issue a three-year, $2.7 million general obligation bond. The money will be used for improvements to school buildings, as well as technology purchases and equipment upgrades.

District chief financial officer Bob Evans said the proposed school upgrades are expected to cost $2.6 million. Issuing the bond will cost $100,000, for a total of $2.7 million.

“The purpose of the project is to provide an improved educational environment for students,” Evans said.

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Starting Thursday, Sept. 9, students, staff and visitors at all Goshen Community Schools will have to wear a mask indoors. 

Kindergarten through sixth grade students have had to wear a mask since Aug. 23, while staff and visitors at the district’s K-6 schools have had to wear them since Aug. 12.


Starting Monday, Aug. 23, Goshen Community Schools students at the following schools will have to wear a mask indoors: 

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Goshen Community Schools is requiring masks for all staff and visitors at the district’s K-6 schools.

The move is in accordance with pandemic guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Elkhart County Health Department.


In a letter to parents Wednesday, Superintendent Steve Hopen said the mask requirement is meant to protect the district’s “most vulnerable students who are not yet able to be vaccinated.” Currently, only those age 12 and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.  


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The South Bend Community School Corporation is the most recent local school district to decide how it will reopen for the 2021-2022 school year. The school board approved the district’s reopening plan at its meeting on Monday.


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Goshen Community Schools is investing  in after-school care and tutoring for students at risk of learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic after receiving a $756,000 state grant.

The school district partnered with KidsCare and the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen to apply for the state’s Student Learning Recovery Grant, which aims to fund local programming that supports students who may have fallen behind during the pandemic. 


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Goshen Community Schools has announced plans for a return to in-person learning Monday through Friday for students in 6th-12th grade starting March 15. 

Goshen Community Schools announced it will continue full virtual instruction for upper-level students when the new semester starts on Jan. 6. The move is due to Elkhart County’s sustained red status on the state’s county-by-county COVID-19 map.

Goshen students grades 7-12 will remain on the all-virtual learning plan until Jan. 19. 


Goshen students grades 7-12 were supposed to have the option to return to in-person learning Monday, Nov. 30, but according to Superintendent Steven Hope, worsening pandemic metrics in Elkhart County will keep students out of the classroom until at least Dec. 11.

Upper-level students originally moved to all-virtual learning on Nov. 16 “due to student and teacher absences.”

K-6 students will continue to attend in-person classes four days a week, with a virtual learning day on Wednesdays.

Monday the Goshen Community Schools Board of School Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Steven Hope as the new superintendent for the district. Following the retirement of Dr. Diane Woodworth on June 30, 2020, Hope served GCS as the Interim Superintendent and led the school corporation through the reopening process during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Goshen Community Schools has announced that the high school girls basketball teams have been put under quarantine. 

Today Goshen Community Schools released a video designed to explain the plight of educators during the pandemic. The video is entitled 'I'm Just A Teacher.' You can watch it below. 

Goshen Community School officials have announced that two upcoming varsity games for the football team will be canceled after a player tested positive for COVID-19. The game this coming Friday against Mishawaka and the game Sept. 11 against Northwood will not be played.

Goshen Superintendent Announces Her Retirement

Feb 11, 2020

Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth announced she will retire at the end of June this year.


At a time when many school districts have too much space and not enough students, Goshen is having the opposite problem.

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The Goshen School Board voted today to propose a referendum aiming to address overcrowding issues in the district. They board will also propose an operational referendum with a primary focus on teacher salaries. Both referendums will be on the May 8th primary ballots for residents of the school district.

The plan being pursued now includes building a new intermediate school to house fifth and sixth grades, as well as adding additional classrooms to Goshen High School and renovating parts of the existing middle school.