Baldwin County Schools - BOE 2020 Fall Issue - Page 8

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E-SPLOST VI Approved u The Concert Band hosted the District 11 Honor Band Event welcoming nearly 300-400 of the best middle school and high school musicians in the central Georgia area . The Concert Band has had the privilege to work with two world famous composers , Steven Bryant and Dr . Quincy Hilliard .

u Congratulations to the following student for being selected District Honor / Jazz Band / Region Band : Jaquan Moore ( honor band and region band ), Olivia Warnock ( honor band ), Morgan Pounds ( honor band ), Ashton Davis ( honor band , honor jazz , and region band ), Gracelyn Anderson ( honor band and region band ), Rachel Mullis ( honor band ), Yalonda Wright ( honor band ), Landon White ( honor band ), Matthew Mahan ( honor band and region band ), Adrianah Hannah ( honor band ), Elliot Callender ( honor band and region band ), Will Franklin ( honor band )
uRecognition of the Baldwin County Board of Education for achieving the 2019 Exemplary School Board Award from the Georgia School Boards Association ( GSBA ).
u The Baldwin Concert

Thank you to the citizens of Baldwin County for voting to extend E-SPLOST for another 5 years . 76 % of voters voted in favor of the Baldwin County School District Education SPLOST . This is the 6th renewal for E-SPLOST in Baldwin County . ESPLOST funds from the 5-year extension of the 1 % sales tax will go towards critical improvements and special projects at all school locations . This investment has completely transformed our schools and classrooms into 21st-century learning environments . ESPLOST has helped with new school construction , installing new roofs and HVAC units , upgrading technology infrastructure , renovating existing schools , installing new playground equipment , as well as the purchase of new buses , instructional technology , and computing devices for the classrooms . In addition , E-SPLOST dollars have funded secure vestibule entry-points and camera monitoring systems at all school locations , helping to keep our students and staff as safe . It has also allowed us to fund construction improvements for our athletics programs , including the new Baldwin High School Athletic Complex , new track surfacing , and new bleachers at

Braves Stadium .
From the current E-SPLOST , the school district was able to begin an $ 11.5 million renovation project at Oak Hill Middle School . This includes a new roof , HVAC systems , and brand new interior renovations . Once again , thank you to the voters of Baldwin County for supporting ESPLOST and our school district ’ s mission to educate our students who will graduate college and career ready and become contributing members of our local and global communities . What is ESPLOST ? ESPLOST is NOT a new tax - The Educational Special Local Option Sales Tax has been in place since 1995 and must be approved by the voters every 5 years .
ESPLOST helps fund construction renovations and improvements for all of our public schools .
ESPLOST cannot be used for operating expenses such as salaries or utilities .
Everyone who makes a purchase in Baldwin County contributes to our ESPLOST funding , not just residents alone .
ESPLOST represents $ 30 million in funding every five years that goes toward the critical infrastructure
needs of our schools . ESPLOST ’ s Impact on the
Baldwin County School District
The ESPLOST for the Baldwin County public schools has funded construction and critical improvements to all school locations over the past five years alone .
ESPLOST dollars have funded secure vestibule entry-points and camera monitoring systems at all school locations , helping keep our students and staff as safe as possible .
ESPLOST has allowed us to upgrade our infrastructure and telephone system , purchase digital devices for students and upgrade all teacher computers as well as the media center and offices .
ESPLOST has funded hundreds of thousands of dollars toward equipment , storage , and technology that helped the Baldwin County School District become a nationally recognized , award-winning fine arts community .
ESPLOST has played a critical role in transforming our schools and classrooms into 21st- century learning environments , preparing our students for tomorrow ’ s challenges . We have purchased new furniture , installed new flooring , painted schools , and repaved driveways .
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