Construction begins on two major school projects in Baldwin County

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UPDATE 12:10 PM

The first bit of work begins on the new Belforest Elementary School.  

“We’re really excited about it, this is number 4 in the pay as you go program,” said Superintendent Eddie Tyler.  Belforest Elementary is set to open in 2020.  It’s a welcomed addition to most people with kids in this neighborhood right next door.

“I’m super excited about the elementary school across the street from us great location because our school is getting overcrowded,” said mom Meghan Sternberg.  Neighbors without kids have one pressing concern.  

“The traffic in the afternoon and it’s to be in the mornings and afternoon when people are coming home from their jobs,” said Janice who lives closest to the new school property.  School officials say they’ll do their best to manage traffic issues.  

“We don’t have control of the roads, we do the best we can to position our schools in places where we have a traffic flow in and out,” said Superintendent Eddie Tyler.  Traffic a legitimate concern as the volume of vehicles already high even before the school is built.
 

ORIGINAL STORY

It’s a big day for Baldwin County Schools.  Officials are set to break ground on a pair of projects today aimed at accommodating a growing student population.  

In the pre-dawn darkness, you might miss seeing a giant backhoe sitting along County Road 64 in the Belforest community of Daphne.  Beside it is a large sign covered in a blue tarp.  I wasn’t able to read the whole sign but it is a marker commemorating this project.  

Today at 10 Baldwin County officials are set to break ground on the all-new Belforest Elementary School.  This is one of the areas of the county experiencing some of the most rapid growth.  The new school is expected to bring some relief to some of the other schools that already serve this area.

That’s not all.  This afternoon at 1 pm officials will break ground at an addition for Fairhope Intermediate School.  Both of these are projects centered on the Eastern Shore area of Baldwin County.  

News 5 will update this story throughout the day and stream the Belforest event later this morning.  

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