This time next week, students will be sitting in their classrooms at the brand-new Bay Minette Elementary School. Construction crews are completing their punch lists this week, and teachers will begin the move Friday.
The grammar school has come a long way from its humble one-room school house, to the old Scout Cabin Park building in 1903, the current school building in the early 1920s to this new facility in 2019.
The new BMES features 104,800-square feet of new construction and 4,800-square feet of gym renovation. The new school includes 49 classrooms, six special needs classrooms, two Pathways classes, a cafetorium, chorus room, band room, media center with collaborative seating, two lane car rider drop-off and pick-up, special needs and Pre-K drop-off; three new parking areas for a total of 234 spaces, SRO office space, security camera and security system and the county's first tornado shelter school space.
This $17.4 million dollar community investment is 100-percent debt-free construction as part of the Baldwin County Public School's "Pay As You Go" capital construction plan with no long-term bonds and no new taxes.
The new school was designed by Adams Stewart Architects and built by Bayshore Construction Inc. of Bay Minette. Two of three partners in the architectural firm – Todd Stewart and Jason Shipp – graduated from Baldwin County High School. Of course, Bayshore Construction is run by the Redmon family of Bay Minette and all three sons – Jeffrey, Jason and Jeremy – are graduates of BCHS.