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Congratulations New School Board Members!

Congratulations to those who won recent School Board races for the Baugo Community Schools: Edward J. Collins was re-elected and Caleb A. Pontius and Michael J. Showalter each won their first term.

Mr. Collins is a lifelong resident of Elkhart and a graduate of Jimtown High School, class of 1977. He is currently in his 12th year serving on the Baugo Community School Board. Ed and his wife Adrianna have four children, all of whom attended Baugo Schools and graduated from Jimtown High School.

Mr. Pontius is a 25-year resident of Baugo Township and a 1996 graduate of Jimtown High School. Pontius also graduated from Trine University's Ketner School of Business in 2000 with a BS in business administration. He has worked as a national account manager in Utilimaster Corporation's sales department for the past 10 years, and he is married with four young children.

Mr. Showalter is a 1973 Jimtown graduate. He is retired from tool and die making, which he did for 30 years. He currently works in sales at Min Inc. in Elkhart. Showalter has three grandchildren, and two are attending Baugo Schools.

Special thanks go to David A. Polston and Edward L. Fisher for their combined 29 and a half years of dedicated service as school board members of the Baugo Community Schools. 

Great schools begin with great School Boards!


BudgetNotices.IN.Gov Launches to Assist Taxpayers

December 10, 2014

Dear Baugo Community Schools Taxpayer,

I would like to inform you of a new online tool that will allow you to attend and stay involved with the budgets of your county, city, towns, townships, libraries, special districts, and schools. This past spring, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act 1266. This allowed for the development of a new central website, BudgetNotices.IN.Gov, where taxpayers can search to find their local government’s budget notices. Previously, the only way to find this information was to review the notices in your local newspaper.

Taxpayers will be able to view all local government units in Elkhart County, search by your address, or use an interactive map tool.

Why is this important to you?

As a taxpayer in Elkhart County, you have the ability to view budget notices in one central online location. This allows you to have advance notification and increase the transparency of your local unit’s budget process. These notices can be viewed any time, day or night. Additionally, if you want to look at the budget notices for multiple areas, you can do so using this one website.

Taxpayers that do not have Internet access or have difficulties with the website may contact the Department of Local Government Finance at (888) 739-9826 and request a paper copy of the notices for their local government units.

For specific questions related to a budget item, please contact Mr. Bruce Perry at 574-293-8583.

BudgetNotices.IN.Gov is available on the Indiana Gateway for Government Units. It is also available on our website on the “About” page under “Department of Finance Gateway.” The Gateway is the primary collection and publishing tool for local government units submitting their required reports to the State of Indiana. It has the benefits of digital collection into a robust data warehouse and immediate accessibility by taxpayers.  Please take advantage of this extremely useful tool.


Jim DuBois


Baugo Community Schools


Early College Gives High School Students a Leg Up

Baugo Community Schools has partnered with Horizon Education Alliance of Elkhart County to put the Early College Initiative in place by fall 2015. This initiative will allow HS students to take the college entrance exam as soon as they enter ninth grade. Once students pass this exam, they will be able to take free college courses. This initiative allows students the potential to earn up to a two-year degree. The Early College Initiative sets students up to be college and career ready.


What does it mean to be a “Jimmie?”

Baugo Community Schools welcomes new branding and a new logo this school year. The question is: What does it mean to be a “Jimmie?” 

Like every hardworking railroad worker:

  • a Jimmie is dependable;
  • a Jimmie confronts life's challenges courageously;
  • a Jimmie understands the power of working together and does not let the team down;
  • a Jimmie plans for the future and knows that what is done today affects what happens tomorrow;
  • a Jimmie applies the virtues of truth, trust, respect, and integrity to actions in life;
  • a Jimmie treats others as they would wish to be treated;
  • a Jimmie takes responsibility for their actions and does the right thing;
  • a Jimmie becomes stronger and smarter through trying, failing, learning, and winning;
  • a Jimmie is a leader; and
  • a Jimmie is dedicated to making the world a better place by compassionately serving others.


Onward Jimmies, toward the best school year yet. Go Big J!