Voters reject Baldwin Community Schools bond proposal Nov. 8

District thanks supporters, remains committed to providing facilities that foster student success

Lake County voters reject Baldwin Community Schools bond proposal Nov. 8, 2022, that would address aging facilities. (Star file photo)

Lake County voters reject Baldwin Community Schools bond proposal Nov. 8, 2022, that would address aging facilities. (Star file photo)

BALDWIN — While the Baldwin Community Schools (BCS) bond proposal was not approved Nov. 8, district leaders remain committed to working hard to provide students with learning facilities that are safe, warm, dry and support their educational success.

“While we were disappointed by the results of this bond election, we will remain focused on providing Baldwin students the world class education they deserve,” said David Forrester, superintendent of Baldwin Community Schools. “I want to thank everyone who contributed time and energy to this important proposal. We will be regrouping with our board, community members, families and employees to discuss our next steps.” 

The measure failed by fewer than 200 votes, 53% opposed, 47% in favor. The bond would have allowed BCS to invest in district-wide upgrades such as replacing old roofs, updating aging HVAC equipment, plumbing and utilities, and adding important security equipment to keep students and staff safe. It also would have funded a new secondary school for sixth to 12th grades, replacing the existing building which is nearly 60 years old.

“Every day, our teachers, staff and administrators work hard to bolster student growth and academic achievement. I’m grateful for their dedication to our district, and I’m proud of our students for their academic achievement and improvements, classroom leadership and positive behavior,” Forrester said. “Together, I’m confident we’ll continue to make Baldwin Community Schools a great place to learn and grow.”