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Baldwin Co. schools celebrate opening of expansions with ribbon cuttings

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Three Baldwin County Schools celebrated the opening of campus expansions with ribbon cuttings on Monday.

It's the first part of Phase 1 of the Baldwin County School System's first Pay-As-You-Go plan which is aimed at preparing for the county's massive growth.

When Baldwin County students return to class next Monday, they'll be greeted with new expansions on three separate campuses.

On Monday, three ribbon cuttings were held for long-awaited expansion projects in the first phase of the School System's Pay-As-You-Go plan.

It was a huge day for many teachers, like Central Baldwin Middle School teacher David Mugovero.

Mugovero moved into his own classroom in a $2 million expansion that includes 14 additional rooms.

"We've been growing every single year here. Not just at this school but all around. Things are getting pretty cramped with what we had," said Mugovero, "This is gonna allow for some great expansion and really is gonna benefit a lot of students."

School officials also joined Elberta Elementary to celebrate their expansion with a $3.5 million dollar addition of 14 classrooms plus other renovations.

Jenny Breazeale, Elberta Elementary School's Principle, said the addition makes Elberta Elementary a Pre-K through 6 school.

"A pre-K through 6 school is truly a community school. Where you create that culture of everyone is gonna take care of your kiddos," said Breazeale.

At Elsanor Elementary, doors opened on a $1.4 million expansion which includes 10 additional classrooms.

The expansion eliminates 8 portables on the property.

Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler said the additions are all part of Phase 1 of the county's plan which aims to address school overcrowding while not raising taxes.

"There was no additional dollars to the public. Phase 2, no additional dollars to the public. So phase one has shown that this'll work," said Tyler.

Tyler said the second half of phase 1 includes expansions to Perdido Elementary and Fairhope high school and is expected to be completed in the coming months.

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