The Baker School District 5J Board of Directors is postponing its request for a $7.5 million bond measure in the May election and will resubmit the measure at a later date.

The decision was prompted by uncertainty over the potential adverse economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and a desire not to add to the community’s financial burden at the current time, according to a press release from the district this morning.

The proposed bond projects -- which would address capacity issues and improve safety and security -- are still very much needed, said Superintendent Mark Witty.

“It was not an easy decision,” said Witty, “but the board felt it was in the best interests of the community to postpone."

The district would have received a $4 million state matching grant (OSCIM) to help pay for bond projects if the bond measure had been approved by voters. The district expects to reapply for the matching grant when it resubmits the bond measure, said Witty.

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