Voters to Decide on Baldwin Schools Bond Proposal

 

Students in Baldwin took to Facebook in hopes of encouraging voters to approve a school bond proposal on next week’s ballot.

The school district includes parts of both Lake and Newaygo counties and they’re asking for 1 mill over 16 years, a slight change to last year’s failed bond proposal.

“It’s a $9.91 million bond proposal over a 16 year period,” explained Baldwin Superintendent Stiles Simmons.

That’s $38 a year for those with a home that has a taxable value of $40,000.

That money would go toward significant upgrades.

Simmons says those upgrades include, “interior improvements, exterior improvements, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, some furniture, technology, equipment replacement along with some athletic facility upgrades.”

If approved, they’ll also make two new additions.

However, despite recent reports showing Lake County at the bottom of the list for kid’s economic security and education, not everyone thinks the bond is necessary.

Voter Mickie Stauffer says, “we do have a lot of senior citizens in Lake County. For me to afford the extra hike, I could do it, however seniors struggle just to get their medication.”

Baldwin High School Junior Spencer Sabin argues, “the roof needs to be fixed. If the roof isn’t fixed, soon enough it’s going to collapse.”

Sabin posted a video of students, trapped in a classroom because of a broken door, in hopes of giving voters an idea of why he feels the upgrades are important.

“We need a permanent solution. We’re not trying to put band-aids on anything,” explained Simmons.

A solution that some voters think was not well communicated.

“I’m just mainly concerned that I feel it should’ve been more to the public to know,” said Stauffer.

Voters head to the polls Tuesday, May 8th.