January is School Board Appreciation Month

In January, The Ohio School Boards Association and school districts across Ohio celebrate the work of school boards. Goshen Local Schools recognized our Board of Education members on Monday, January 9th at the regular business meeting. As a part of our celebration, Mr. Edwards presented Deborah Gray, Bill Herrera, Melissa Paprocki, John Benthien and Julie Casey with certificates of appreciation and thanked them for their service. 

As citizens who serve children and represent their communities, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet, few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of the board member's responsibilities. All Ohioans should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the crucial role these elected public officials play in the education of our children. They make a difference for students.


 Here are a few highlights of the board of education's work over the past year:

  • GLSD spends $1,156 per pupil less than the average district in the State of Ohio per the State of Ohio Local Report Card.  Goshen’s goal is to provide a high-quality education to its students at an affordable price to taxpayers.  
  • GLSD works hard to keep down the price of educating students to their local community.  Goshen taxpayers pay 26.5% of what it costs to educate a student in our schools vs. 42.1% average in the rest of the districts in Ohio.
  • On July 6, 2022, the Goshen community was hit by a devastating tornado that struck the very heart of our community.  

  • Goshen Local Schools worked as the hub of tornado recovery in meeting the initial needs of community members after the tornado. 

  • The Board worked in partnership with the Lions Club, Citizens Police Academy, Goshen Community Church, the Goshen Education Foundation, and other local organizations to cook meals, provide shelter, provide immediate food and household goods relief, mental health services, and a Red Cross shelter in the week after the tornado.  

  • Board members were there every day teaming together with others to serve our community.  They took time off of work and worked day and night with staff and administration.

Under the Board's leadership, the following accolades were recognized over the past year:
  • The Goshen Local Schools Business Advisory Council was recognized on January 10 by the Ohio Department of Education State Superintendent Stephanie Siddens and Lieutenant Governor John Husted with the Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils 3 Star Award.
  • Goshen Local Schools was named a “Top Workplace” by the Cincinnati Enquirer for the 5th year in a row.
  • On this year’s Local Report Card, the District received 4 stars in Achievement, 3 stars on Early Literacy, 5 stars in Gap Closing, 5 stars on the Graduation Rate, and 3 stars in Progress.  The District studies the results to see how we can improve for our students.
  • The 2023 Niche rankings named the Goshen Local School District as one of the top school districts in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana areas and in the top 17% in the State of Ohio.
    • GLSD was ranked 16 in the city and 104 out of 607 districts in the State of Ohio.
    • GLSD teachers were ranked 127 out of 607 districts in the State of Ohio
    • Out of 9 school districts in Clermont County, Goshen Local Schools ranked
      • #2 in Clermont County as having the best overall schools
      • #1 in Clermont County as having the safest school district
      • #1 in Clermont County for having the best teachers.
      • #2 in Clermont County as the best place to teach.
  • Spaulding Elementary School was named a US News and World Report “Best Elementary School” winner in their first-ever ranking of the nation’s elementary schools.
  • Goshen Middle School was re-designated as an Ohio School to Watch by the Ohio Department of Education, one of only 17 schools in the state to receive this prestigious recognition.
More accomplishments under the leadership of the best School Board in Ohio!
  • HealthSource of Ohio and Goshen Local School District Board of Education announced a new partnership to provide expanded quality health care to the community, students, and school staff, through a School Based Health Care clinic agreement.
  • 98.5% Graduation Rate
  • College and Career Readiness continues to be a focus in the district.  We offer over 30 opportunities on campus in College Credit Plus and Advanced placement opportunities. 126 Advanced Placement Tests were passed at a 3 or higher level so that students earned college credit and take those to any university.
  • 21 College Credit Plus classes were offered on campus for opportunities to earn college credit and 1265 college credit hours were earned by students.
  • 1491 college credits were earned on campus last year.