Category Archives: Schools

Baldwin County virtual school program growing in popularity – FOX10 News | WALA

April 19, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Leaders with the Baldwin County Board of Education toured the system’s “virtual school” facility Monday, April 18, 2016.  It was the first of its kind in the state and now in its third year, enrollment continues to grow.

Headquartered in a rent-free facility on Faulkner State’s Fairhope campus, Baldwin County’s virtual school program continues to grow as more families look for alternative means of education.  Baldwin County School Board president, Shannon Cauley and superintendent, Eddie Tyler stopped in to visit with some students to find out what attracted them to the program.

via Baldwin County virtual school program growing in popularity – FOX10 News | WALA.

Results released in Fairhope education study – FOX10 News | WALA

April 14, 2016

The future of Fairhope education is now in the hands of the city council after results of an education study were released Wednesday night. The city paid $49,000 to assess how its five schools measure up to the top ten school systems in the state. We first told you about the study when the city council passed it in January.

via Results released in Fairhope education study – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin County BOE expanding six schools, costing $15.5 million – FOX10 News | WALA

April 12, 2016

At a special meeting Monday night, the Baldwin County school board approved plans to expand six schools, something many parents have been hoping for across the county.

Six Baldwin County schools will be getting bigger after the board gave the go ahead to a $15.5 million project proposed in November. Board members say building additions is how they’re dealing with a rapidly growing school system. The board says facilities have always been a big concern, and now six schools are getting much needed classrooms to replace the portables there now.

via Baldwin County BOE expanding six schools, costing $15.5 million – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin Task Force Looking at Money Challenges

March 26, 2016

With the passage of most but not all property tax renewals this past March, Baldwin County school leaders are optimistic they can convince people to vote for another tax renewal around the corner. The school year is put on pause for the start of spring break. Members of the community advisory task force are taking stock of where they are–despite the fact a one-mil property tax failed, they’re confident things are moving in the right direction.

via Baldwin Task Force Looking at Money Challenges.

Daphne could be getting ‘the very best’ in Kenny King, former coaches say – al.com

March 17, 2016

Ronnie Cottrell has a simple – but direct – statement about Kenny King, who is expected to be approved as Daphne’s new football coach and athletic director later this week.

“Kenny King represents the very best,” said Cottrell, who currently serves as Mobile Christian’s head football coach.

via Daphne could be getting ‘the very best’ in Kenny King, former coaches say – al.com.

King named new Daphne head football coach | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI

March 13, 2016

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) Daphne High School has hired Kenny King as the new head football coach for the Trojans.

King not only played at Daphne, but was a four-year starter at Alabama before spending fix seasons in the NFL. Most recently, King has been serving as an assistant coach for a high school in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

via King named new Daphne head football coach | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI.

With $34 million or more hole possible for Baldwin County schools, leaders seek solutions | AL.com

March 11, 2016

State lawmakers and Baldwin County leaders are launching discussions about how to proceed with resolving the future of a penny sales tax for schools set to expire in May 2018.

Without the tax revenue, the school system estimates that it could lose at least $34 million fiscal year 2019, which begins Oct. 1, 2018. That revenue supports over 500 jobs, including 144 teachers, 94 clerical positions, 74 maintenance positions and 69 bus drivers.

via With $34 million or more hole possible for Baldwin County schools, leaders seek solutions | AL.com.

Barbara Grice sentenced to 3 years on firearms charge – FOX10 News | WALA

March 05, 2016

Powerful testimony Friday morning in the sentencing of a Foley woman who pleaded guilty to bringing a loaded gun on to the campus of Elberta Elementary School last year.

Authorities say Barbara Grice walked into the school carrying a revolver and confronted her sister in the cafeteria.

via Barbara Grice sentenced to 3 years on firearms charge – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Economist: Baldwin County’s support for education worse than ‘third world’ countries | AL.com

March 05, 2016

According to one area economist, Baldwin County’s support for public education is worse than that of a “third world county.”

Semoon Chang, of the Gulf Coast Center for Impact Studies, said Wednesday he believes it is a “shame” that voters are not providing the maximum support for children in the county. His comments come after voters failed to give a 1-mill property tax renewal the required 60 percent it needed for passage. The mill is set to expire in 2018 and, without it, the school system could be losing $4 million a year.

via Economist: Baldwin County’s support for education worse than ‘third world’ countries | AL.com.

Baldwin Schools Ready to Move Forward after Renewal Vote

March 04, 2016

A normal day at school for students and teachers at Stapleton Elementary after a stressful night with school funding at risk.

“We consider it a victory in terms of the numbers that turned out in support,” says superintendent Eddie Tyler.

There were two tax renewals on the Super Tuesday Ballot. A three-mill renewal passed. The one mill, or a loss of about four million dollars, was defeated. “We’re going to step back and enjoy the fact that the public is listening and starting to embrace some of the changes and then get together and talk about how we want to move forward,” says Tyler.

via Baldwin Schools Ready to Move Forward after Renewal Vote.

Baldwin County voters approve 3 mill renewal, but 1 mill loses out | AL.com

March 02, 2016

Baldwin County voters approved renewing 3 mills of property taxes on Tuesday, but a 1-mill renewal failed to accumulate the 60 percent needed for passage.

With all but 151 provisional ballots counted, the 1 mill renewal garnered 59.68 percent, or 33,851 votes in favor to 22,873 or 40.32 percent against. The measure fell 184 votes shy of getting 60 percent.

via Baldwin County voters approve 3 mill renewal, but 1 mill loses out | AL.com.

Two first-time candidates run for Baldwin County Board of Educat – FOX10 News | WALA

March 01, 2016

SPANISH FORT, AL (WALA) - When voters head to the polls Tuesday, March 1, 2016 some Baldwin County voters will have an important decision to make.  Current School Board Chair, Shannon Cauley is trying to keep her seat against political newcomer, Chris Francis.

Chris Francis is a Daphne businessman.  He’s married with two young children and he wants to be your District 7 representative on the Baldwin County Board of Education.  So what made him decide to get into politics for the first time?

via Two first-time candidates run for Baldwin County Board of Educat – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Common Sense Tea Party reverses its position on school tax renew – FOX10 News | WALA

March 01, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - The Common Sense Campaign in Baldwin County makes a last minute about-face on the school tax renewal.  The group which supported the renewal is now asking voters to say no.

The Common Sense Campaign, or Tea Party as the group is known is typically opposed to taxes. But, group leaders made it clear during last year’s referendum that while they opposed the new taxes being proposed they supported the renewals.

via Common Sense Tea Party reverses its position on school tax renew – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin Community Education Task Force Member withdraws support – FOX10 News | WALA

March 01, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Just one day before the election, a Baldwin County Community Education Task Force Member, Cody Phillips, is no longer supporting the property tax renewals that would benefit the Baldwin County Public School System.

The Education Task Force was formed last year to research all aspects of the school system, and find ways of improvement.

via Baldwin Community Education Task Force Member withdraws support – FOX10 News | WALA.

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For second time in less than a year, voters to decide fate of Baldwin County school taxes | AL.com

February 28, 2016

Supporters of renewing 4 mills of property taxes to maintain level funding for Alabama’s fastest-growing school system hope for a different outcome than last year.

On March 31, 2015, things turned sour for the Baldwin County school system when voters shot down two ballot questions totaling 4 mills of property tax renewals, and also resoundingly rejected 8 mills of new property taxes. The new mills would have raised $350 million over 10 years to pay for school construction projects.

via For second time in less than a year, voters to decide fate of Baldwin County school taxes | AL.com.

Baldwin County property tax vote to be on ballot | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI

February 26, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) Voters in Baldwin County will have more than the presidential election to think about then they go to the polls Tuesday. Renewing four mills of existing property taxes will be in the ballot as well.

LOCAL 15′s James Gordon takes a look at how differently ‘yes’ and ‘no’ supporters view the tax issue on the ballot.

via Baldwin County property tax vote to be on ballot | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI.

FOX10 Interview: Baldwin Superintendent Eddie Tyler on tax propo – FOX10 News | WALA

February 25, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - It’s a political hot potato in Baldwin County.

On March 1, residents will decide whether to renew property taxes, totaling four mills.

They voted it down last year.

If not renewed, the school system says it stands to lose more than $100 million in matching funding.

via FOX10 Interview: Baldwin Superintendent Eddie Tyler on tax propo – FOX10 News | WALA.

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School task force chairman pushes for tax renewals ahead of crucial Baldwin County vote | AL.com

February 25, 2016

Any building program aimed to alleviate overcrowding at the Baldwin County School System cannot move forward without voters renewing 4 mills of existing property taxes during Tuesday’s election, the chairman of a 24-member citizens advisory committee said Wednesday.

via School task force chairman pushes for tax renewals ahead of crucial Baldwin County vote | AL.com.

Fairhope, Gulf Shores take stance on Baldwin renewals as campaign heats up | AL.com

February 23, 2016

Gary Gover was hopeful that Fairhope’s City Council would speak up for a critical tax question on next Tuesday’s ballot, and he was glad to see it happen.

But Gover and others realize that the council’s resolution Monday evening is merely a formal show of support for the renewal of 4 mills of property taxes that currently pump about $16 million into the Baldwin County School System.

via Fairhope, Gulf Shores take stance on Baldwin renewals as campaign heats up | AL.com.

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