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Three Baldwin Co. schools start year with new additions

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Three Baldwin County schools have new additions that officially opened Monday, August 14, 2017.  The additions add 38 new classroom and eliminate several portables from each campus.  These are the first completed projects from the school system’s pay-as-you-go capital improvements plan.

Elberta Elementary, Elsanor School and Baldwin County Middle School will start a new school year with a huge facelift.  Each school has brand new additions to welcome students next week.  Most broke ground last October, the first of a list of projects in phase one of Baldwin County Schools’ pay-as-you-go plan.

“Right now, you’ve got five schools identified, the three we just identified and Fairhope High School with 20 classrooms and Perdido with an additional 16 classrooms,” explained Baldwin County Schools superintendent, Eddie Tyler.

Fairhope and Perdido additions will be completed later in the school year.  Those that are moving in by the start of school are grateful and excited for what the new wings will offer to both teachers and students.

“The excitement here is just…we’re exploding,” said Elberta Elementary principal, Jenny Breazeale.  “To have a pre-K through sixth school for this community is going to be such a blessing because a pre-K through sixth school truly is a community school.”

The addition of 10 classrooms at Elsanor School was long overdue.  Kayla Buchanan teaches second grade and was putting finishing touches on her classroom Monday.  She moved from a small room in the historic schoolhouse to a brand new classroom and says she can’t wait to welcome the kids.

“The younger kids are just so excited,” Buchanan said.  “These kids deserve the best and so I’m just so excited for everything to be new and clean and just more exciting that it normally would.”

Central Baldwin Middle School got 14 new classrooms.  The wing will be the new home for the eighth grade class.  Principal, Phillip Fountain said they’ve been looking forward to this day since they broke ground 10 months ago.

“They’re going to spend a lot of their time every day right here in this wing and quite frankly, it’s beautiful,” Fountain said.  “What’s not to like about it?  When you have things that are nice, brand new, the anticipation…the excitement…it really builds.”

The total budget for improvements to five schools in phase one of capital improvements is almost $16 million dollars.   

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