Baugo Schoolhouse

Publication of Baugo Community Schools: Summer 2021

Superintendent's Message: Our Mission

The Board of School Trustees meets the second and fourth Monday of every month. The members begin each meeting by asserting their commitment to our mission:
  • To develop a competitive educational system that empowers our graduates for college, careers, and life
  • To maintain support systems that meet the needs of our students
  • To ensure financial stability and fiscal responsibility
  • To attract, develop, and retain the best people to serve our students and families

These tenants inform their decision making and are the framework for every recommendation brought to them for consideration by my leadership team. This mission was the foundation for the strategic plan authored by the board in 2020 and by which every action taken by building leaders is measured against. We are privileged as a district to have a laser focus for our work and to strive only to make decisions that honor our mission.

Solar Project Nearing Completion

Baugo Community Schools contracted with Performance Services, Inc. to install a solar field capable of generating just under a megawatt of solar power. The solar project was designed to offset the energy needs of Jimtown High School, the Education Service Center, and the future needs of the 1929 gym. We are excited to cut energy costs, but we are also thrilled about the long term benefit that harnessing the power of the sun has on the environment. Most of the arrays have been positioned in areas on campus that could not be developed, like the water retention field near the football field. Other arrays will be positioned on car ports over parking lots. Warranty concerns and regular membrane maintenance made roof installations undesirable.

COVID-19 Return to School Plan

The Board of School Trustees approved the pandemic reentry plan for our district for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Five major highlights from the plan include:

  • A return to in-person learning for all students

  • Optional mask wearing in buildings

  • Federally mandated mask wearing on all school transportation

  • Continuation of socially distanced cafeterias and classrooms wherever possible

  • Discontinuation of plexiglass dividers on classroom desks

These plans remain flexible and may be adjusted throughout the pandemic as need requires.

Jimtown High School

On Tuesday, August 10, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm JHS will host a Freshmen Meet and Greet. Freshmen and their parents will be able to get familiar with the building prior to the start of school. Counselors and administrators will be available to help answer any questions along with teachers, coaches, and club sponsors. Come explore all the activities available to JHS students!

Fall Sports Begin August 2nd

Studies show the link between higher academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities.

(See National Center for Educational Statistics:

Students don’t have to be a varsity star to reap the benefits of participation. Life lessons in leadership, goal setting, overcoming adversity, grit and determination await all students who are willing to be a part. Official practices start on Monday, August 2nd.

Visit for schedules, required IHSAA forms and additional information. Team by team contact information and initial practice locations and times will be posted on the website and emailed out to all Jimtown High School students/parents on Monday, July 26th.

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Exciting News from Baugo’s Food Service Department

  • All Student Breakfast and Lunch Meals are Free for the 21-22 School Year!

  • Free/Reduced Applications must still be filled out and approved for discounted Curricular Material Fees.

  • More information will be sent out by August 4. Check your email.

  • Adult meal rates have been set according to the USDA/IN requirements. Adult breakfast price - $2.50 Adult lunch price - $4.60

JHS Cafeteria Gets a Fresh Look

  • The HS kitchen will have a new serving line

  • Salad Bar will return!

  • Merchandisers will increase options of prepackaged cold meals, salads, wraps, and protein boxes which meet the USDA requirements.

  • Ala Carte Room has added a yogurt machine!

Baugo Operations & Technology

Work teams have been getting the facilities and technology ready for students and staff to return! A few of the accomplishments include improvements to roofs and athletic fields along with updates to all district computers.

Please let us know if we can help you as you arrive back on campus! You can contact technology at and the operations department by calling 574-293-8583 ext 1002. Staff, as always, you can use the work order system for immediate needs and we will resolve them ASAP!

Baugo Tech Support: Intern Program

Baugo Community Schools welcomed the first cohort of IT interns in collaboration with Horizon Education Alliance and Career Wise Indiana. This team of 3 students focused in job skills that included networking, computer repair, and communication skills. With the increased need for technology due to the pandemic, the work of the interns was invaluable.

JJHS Welcomes Jimmie!

Jimtown Junior High School is excited for our students and staff to meet their new therapy dog in training - Jimmie! Mrs. Gingerich and Mrs. Manges have met him, and he is a super sweet dog. He will be in training for most of the year, but we look forward to having him in the school for visits beginning in August!

JES & JIS Summer Enrichment

Summer enrichment programming thrived at Jimtown Elementary and Jimtown Intermediate. Mrs. Friedauer, Mr. Gallmeyer, and Mr. Hamstra created many hands on experiences that allowed students to explore working collaboratively on projects, thinking critically, and problem solving.

Baugo Transportation Changes

The transportation department has spent the summer auditing ridership and routing to improve the efficiency and accuracy of our systems. To get all students on the proper buses and routes, it is important that students complete a transportation request form. Students without a completed request for transportation can not be routed.

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