The Baldwin County School District held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Oak Hill Middle School on April 1, 2021, and were joined by members of the Milledgeville Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, elected officials, school board members, Oak Hill students, BOE and school staff as well as members of the Baldwin County community. The purpose of the ceremony was to showcase the newly renovated middle school. Thanks to E-SPLOST funds, the Baldwin County School District began an $11.5 million renovation project at Oak Hill Middle School during the previous summer. The multi-million dollar renovation to the school has resulted in a new roof, HVAC systems, and brand new interior renovations to such areas as the gymnasium, classrooms, main office, auditorium and cafeteria.
After opening remarks were made by Baldwin County School Superintendent Dr. Noris Price, Board of Education Chair Wes Cummings, and Oak Hill Middle School Principal Daymond Ray, a presentation of pictures was shown to illustrate the insurmountable amount of work that had gone into all the renovations during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon concluded, guests were invited to tour the school.
A special thank you to the citizens of Baldwin County for voting to extend the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) for another 5 years. In June of 2020, 76% of voters in Baldwin County voted in favor of the Baldwin County School District E-SPLOST. The funds from the 5 year extension of the one-penny sales tax will go towards critical improvements and special projects at all school facilities. This investment has completely transformed our schools and classrooms into 21st century learning environments. For 25 years, E-SPLOST funds have 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, classroom furniture, 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 as possible. 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. 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. For a more detailed look into the renovations, download the OHMS Renovation document below.