Baldwin County

Building boom continues for Baldwin schools

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) - The building boom for Baldwin County schools continued Wednesday with ground-breakings at two schools in the south part of the county. The multi-million dollar expansions will happen in Elberta and Magnolia Springs.

While the learning process is underway inside classrooms at Elberta High School, outside the building, big plans are underway.

"Right now they are kind of wondering what happened to our track and our basketball court," says principal Brent Bailey.

What will take its place is an 8 and a half million dollar, state of the art, addition.  "It's a two-story addition with a total of about 28 rooms, counting the science labs, family consumer labs, ag and a new media center," says Bailey.

The expansion is on the fast track and expected to be ready by next summer.

The earth already moving at Magnolia School.  "It'll be 22 thousand square feet," says Principal Debbie Phillips.  "It will be 15 classrooms and we're also expanding the cafeteria."

They will need all that space. Almost 150 additional students from Swift Elementary School in Bon Secour will be enrolled here next year. Their landlocked campus has no more room to expand.

The price tag for the new addition is right around six million dollars and it will be ready for students in January or February of next year. 

2019 will also be another big year with the plans to build three new schools from the ground up in Bay Minette, Foley and Orange Beach.

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