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School construction to greet many Baldwin County students

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Students in Baldwin County public schools will be heading back to school in less than a week.  Many of them will find their schools still under construction.  Other communities are having brand new schools built.   Some areas won’t be in their new facilities until next school year while others will just have to wait until January.

New schools are being built in Orange Beach and Foley.  Foley’s new elementary school and the new Orange Beach Middle and High School won’t be completed until August of 2019.  Other area schools are in the middle of expansions.  Construction at Elberta High School is well underway. 

“It’s very awesome to have like new classrooms since we really don’t have much big of a school, but we’re going to have an extra addition,” said Elberta High School sophomore, Molly O'Neal.

Magnolia School has taken on an additional 150 students from Swift Elementary and is undergoing a 14-classroom expansion.  The school is also changing mascots from the Jaguars to the Lions since they’re part of the Foley feeder pattern.  The school also has a new principal who said she’s ready for the challenges ahead.

“I think right now, the challenge is we just want to keep the students safe and make sure everyone knows we do have construction going on,” explained Magnolia principal, PJ Sute.  “It’s going to affect our parking and our traffic, but we just want to make sure we keep all the students safe and make sure they know we’re going to keep all this fenced off away from the children.”

In the meantime, eight extra portable classrooms have been brought in to accommodate the extra students.  The new wing is scheduled to open in January.

 “There are students in the portables and our four through sixth grades are going to be moved there and there’s about 14 classrooms,” Sute said.

Students at Spanish Fort Middle and High School will also have some construction to deal with as the school year gets underway.  And in Bay Minette, ground has been broken on a much needed, new elementary school there.  That project is in the bidding process now.  

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