BAY MINETTE, AL- With an enrollment of more than 31,000 students, overcrowding continues to be a problem at many schools in Baldwin County.
But a new school hasn’t been built since 2009.
School officials hope a 14.6 million dollar Pay As You Go construction and capital improvements plan will provide some temporary relief.
5 schools are in Pay As You Go Phase 1 including Fairhope High, Elberta Elementary, Elsanor Elementary, Central Baldwin Middle and Perdido Elementary. Those schools are getting new wings, classrooms and two will get expanded cafeterias.
The state doesn’t provide money for capital improvements or new construction. The pay as you go projects are funded through the penny sales tax (which expires in 2018) and through cost savings initiatives like getting rid of student Macbooks and replacing them with more affordable Chromebooks.
Phase 1 groundbreaking will start in the fall. Construction could take a year some projects.