School board approves bid for new Belforest school construction


A new elementary school will be coming to the Belforest community after the Baldwin County Board of Education voted unanimously earlier this week to approve the bid for the project.

Thrash Construction was the low bidder for the project, which came in at $19.8 million and was near the amount school officials had projected for project costs.

Superintendent Eddie Tyler said he and school officials were pleased to be moving forward with the project, as the Belforest area continues a fast rate of growth that highlighted the need for the new school.

Tyler said he expects construction to begin in the new year.

“The next step in the process is that the contractor will be notified of the board’s approval,” Tyler said. “They’ll start staging for construction, and because of the Christmas holiday, we’re hoping to see some dirt moving around by mid-January.”

The new Belforest school will be built for a capacity of 1,200 students and will be a K-6 school. The school’s location will be on County Road 64.

Tyler said the expected completion date for the new school would likely be July 2020.