The Baldwin County Board of Education has approved a historic measure that clearly defines a plan for constructing school buildings and facilities that will accommodate the skyrocketing enrollment the school system has experienced and will experience.
A resolution that includes the plan was passed by the Board Thursday afternoon, prior to a Baldwin County Education Summit. At the Summit, held at the Daphne Civic Center, Interim Superintendent Robbie Owen and key school staff outlined the buildings to be built, the current inabilities to fund such an aggressive construction plan and a proposal to offer the voters of the county an opportunity to consider an 8-mill increase in ad valorem (property) taxes in a referendum in 2015 to fund new construction. The additional revenue would stay in Baldwin County and would be used for the expressed purpose of building facilities to accommodate students and maintain the facilities.
The plan presented tonight has come about as the result of extensive expertise by a nationally-recognized school growth consultant and collaboration with city and county leaders and input from many citizens from across the county.
Here is an overview of the proposed work – (parentheses indicates a window which the project would likely become reality, plus some other notations)
Bay Minette Feeder Pattern
- New Bay Minette Elementary School (K-6) (1-3 years)
- Baldwin County High School Career Tech Addition; move North Baldwin Career Tech Center to Baldwin County High School campus (3-5 years)
- Perdido Elementary (Replace Older Wing) (8 classrooms)
Daphne Feeder Pattern
- New Elementary School K-6 (Belforest Area) (1-3 years)
- Daphne High School Addition; upgrades to Trojan Hall (3-5 years)
- Daphne Middle School Addition (3-5 years)
- Daphne Elementary School Addition (3-5 Years)
- Potential New Belforest Feeder Pattern (New High School and Middle) (long range)
Fairhope Feeder Pattern
- K-1 Center Renovation (Pre-K & K)(1-3 years)
- Fairhope High School Addition (20 room) (1-3 years)
- Fairhope Middle School Addition (3-5 year)
Foley Feeder Pattern
- Foley Intermediate School addition and renovation to accommodate Grades K-6 with new land purchase) (1-3 years)
- Foley High Addition (1-3 years)
- Renovate Elberta Middle and move to 7-12 configuration (1-3 years)
- Elberta Elementary Addition to accommodate Grades K-6 (1-3 years)
- Potential Foley Middle Addition; renovate old auditorium to fine arts wing (3-5 years)?
- Potential Foley Armory (Career Tech Center?) (5-7 years)?
Gulf Shores Feeder Pattern
- New High School (Accommodates 1,600 students) (1-3 years)
- Orange Beach Elementary addition to accommodate Grades 7-8 (1-3 years).
- New Elementary School in Gulf Shores (5-10 years)
Robertsdale Feeder Pattern
- Robertsdale High School Addition, expand cafeteria, add Career Tech classrooms, upgrades to track & field with lights & resurfacing; move practice fields; additional parking (1-3 years)
- Elsanor Addition (10 classroom) (1-3 years)
- Central Baldwin Middle Addition (10 classrooms) (1-3 years)
- Renovate CF Taylor Building to accommodate both school and community functions
Spanish Fort Feeder Pattern
- Spanish Fort High School Addition including gym (2 stories, 40 rooms), Cafeteria addition, remodel current gym to an auditorium/PE gym, additional parking. (Immediate 1-3 years) New Elementary School (Hwy 31) (3-5 years)
- Renovate SFES (3-5 years)
- Potential new feeder pattern in Golden Triangle (7-10 years) (New HS and MS)
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