Baldwin County schools on hold after borrowing plan approved
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) —
It’s the green light to begin construction on new schools and additions in Baldwin County.
Seven projects and two new schools are on the radar as County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a four year borrowing plan, based on projected penny sales tax revenue today. For folks in Gulf Shores and the Daphne area, they may have to wait a little longer.
Both cities are looking into the possibility of separating from the Baldwin County School System.
"Right now I think the taxpayers would expect us to step back and wait until those cities have determined their path before we actually initiated any construction in those areas," said Superintendent Eddie Tyler.
A decision made on the heels of today's "yes" vote to approve a $60 million borrowing plan using projected penny sales tax revenue.
On hold in Daphne are expansion projects at Daphne Middle School and a future "Eastern Shore School."
In Gulf Shores, all expansion projects are now on hold. For Gulf Shores it’s a decision that was expected. "Bricks and mortar is one element in the this whole initiative this is just an opportunity for Gulf Shores to have the financial feasibility study in order to determine if a city school system is feasible in Gulf Shores. It’s far from it being about bricks and mortar and it’s about the educational experience," said Kevin Corcoran with the Island Education Task Force.
The $60 million borrowing plan comes with conditions. It has to be paid back in four years, the same time frame it would take to build the new schools and additions. Phase three will get started right away. "We have projects identified possible construction start dates that's all fluid. Right on the radar its Orange Beach, Bay Minette, Foley and Fairhope," said Tyler.
When it comes to creating city school systems, in Gulf Shores financial studies could be complete in the next 30 days. In Daphne it may take up to six months.