With a crucial vote on renewing taxes weeks away, Baldwin County school officials turned to a familiar ally for support: teachers.
Most of the district’s 2,220 teachers gathered in a field house at Foley High School on Friday afternoon to help galvanize community support ahead of the upcoming ballot measure.
Baldwin County voters will be asked on March 1 to approve tax renewals totaling 4 mills after the renewals were rejected last spring, a decision that could cost schools as much as $16 million a year. A mill amounts to a dollar in tax for every $10,000 of assessed property value.
via Ahead of tax vote, Baldwin County turns to its teachers | AL.com.
The Baldwin County Education Coalition is hosting an education summit this weekend about the upcoming school tax referendum.
The keynote speaker will be Jamie Vollmer, who is a public education advocate and the author of “Schools Cannot Do It Alone.”
via Education summit Friday in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.
An anonymous complaint was filed last year claiming Swiger used her position on the school board for personal gain by coercing school employees to use her family real estate business.
Swiger says after an exhaustive investigation and numerous interviews the accusations in the anonymous complaint could not be substantiated by any evidence. The case was closed February 3rd.
via Ethics Commission Clears Baldwin School Board Member.
Baldwin County School board member Angie Swiger, whose real estate dealings with Gulf Shores school officials drew an ethics complaint, is saying that she was cleared of the charges.
via Baldwin County school board member: ‘My name has been cleared’ | AL.com.
Voters in Baldwin County will be asked to say “yes” or “no” to two property tax renewals. This time around the school board is conducting a “quiet” campaign.
We’ll all be going to the polls and you may have presidential candidates in mind, but folks in Baldwin County will also be asked to vote on school taxes again! “We’ve got to have these renewals we’re talking a loss in the ball park of 16 million dollars,” said School Board President Shannon Cauley.
via Baldwin Voters To Vote on Property Tax Again – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
BAY MINETTE, AL (WALA) - The recent, three hour school bus joy ride by three juveniles in Pensacola is still fresh on the minds of many. How they were able to steel the bus has been a concern for not only the director of the school where the bus was stolen, but for school officials in Alabama as well.
via Baldwin Co. schools superintendent reacts to kids stealing schoo – FOX10 News | WALA.
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BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - The fate of a major funding source for the Baldwin County School System will be left in the hands of voters in exactly one month from now, but the Board of Education isn’t campaigning for a “yes” vote.
This time last year, you probably saw signs that said “Build Baldwin Now” across the county.
via BCBE not campaigning this year for tax renewal referendum – FOX10 News | WALA.
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School advocates are asking voters to restore property taxes that were thrown out when voters also rejected new property tax hikes for new school construction.
“We find tremendous value, our teachers, the gem of this system are working overtime to give us great kids we just need to give them better resources and better facilities to do it,” said the Chairman of the Baldwin School Community Task Force Kevin Corcoran. In the wake of the failure of the Build Baldwin Now campaign, a new school advisory task force has been studying school needs and suggested raising the sales tax rate by half a cent to start a pay as you go school construction program.
via Quiet Push to Restore Baldwin School Taxes.
Second-year Gulf Shores coach Jamie Williams wanted to create some excitement around his team’s 2016 season opener.
Enter perennial Class 7A playoff contender Mountain Brook.
The Dolphins and Spartans have agreed to play in the next two season openers. Gulf Shores will host Mountain Brook on Aug. 19 this season and then will travel to open the schedule in 2017.
via Gulf Shores vs. Mountain Brook is one of several intriguing 2016 Coastal Alabama season openers – al.com.
Less than 24-hours following the retirement of head football coach Glenn Vickery, the Baldwin County Public School System and Daphne High School athletics are moving on.
via Daphne names interim athletic director, head coach – FOX10 News | WALA.
A scaled-back education study won’t look into the financial and tax specifics of breaking away Fairhope’s five schools from the Baldwin County School System.
But the results of the school analysis, which will be conducted by a company headed up by former Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Faron Hollinger, could spark a bigger conversation on whether Fairhope voters should be given a chance to decide if an independent city school district is worth exploring.
via Fairhope approves study focusing on education, not independent city schools | AL.com.
DAPHNE, AL (WALA) - Daphne High School football coach Glenn Vickery has retired.
Vickery, who led the program to two Super Six Championship appearances during his tenure; winning it all in 2011, was placed on paid administrative leave by the Baldwin County School System recently.
via Daphne High football coach retires – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Robertsdale Police Department posted to Facebook Monday morning to clarify their current approach to a social media threat of a “shootout” at Robertsdale High School.
“We have no reason at this time to deem this threat credible, but we are taking it very seriously,” the post reads, “and will take the necessary steps regarding security at the school.”
The posts addresses rumors that police are advising students not to attend school. “This is not true,” the post says.
via ‘Shootout’ threat at Robertsdale High School not credible, police say | AL.com.
The Foley resident recently served as chairman of the Finance subcommittee for the Baldwin County Community Action Task Force, which gave recommendations to the school board for ways the system could continue to thrive and improve.
via Study shows a growing county needs school funding boost – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Baldwin County school board member Angie Swiger is under investigation after an anonymous complaint was filed to the state Ethics Commission.
She said the complaint relates to her real estate business.
Swiger tells us she has not used her position with the school to profit for real estate and said her success has been built over the years.
via Baldwin County School Board Member Under Investigation – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
GULF SHORES, AL- An anonymous complaint against Baldwin County School Board Vice-President Angie Swiger has been filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission.
The complaint alleges Swiger, who owns a Gulf Shores real estate company with her husband, has used her influence as an elected school board member over the years to coerce school employees into buying property through her company.
via Ethics Complaint Filed Against Angie Swiger.
An Alabama Ethics Commission complaint has been filed against Baldwin County School Board Member Angie Swiger in connection with her Gulf Shores real estate business.
Swiger, the board vice-president, can be seen in an advertisement posted on her Facebook page proclaiming that she and her husband are the “Official Realtors of the Dolphin Family.” The dolphin refers to the Gulf Shores High School mascot.
Featured prominently in the ad are photographs of the two real estate agents posing with Gulf Shores High School principal Ernie Rosado and head football coach Jamie Williams outside their new houses.
via Baldwin County school board member hit with ethics complaint | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - FOX10 News has learned a Baldwin County School Board member is being investigated by the Alabama Ethics Commission.
FOX10 News obtained a copy of a letter sent by the Alabama Ethics Commission to the person who filed a complaint against Baldwin County School Board Member Angie Swiger.
via Baldwin County School Board member under investigation by Alabam – FOX10 News | WALA.
By Meghan Everette, a third-grade teacher in gulf coast Alabama and Alabama’s Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2013. She is a National Teacher Fellow with Hope Street Group, an organization dedicated to promoting economic and social mobility.
Politics have no place in the classroom. The classroom is a place for students’ growth and learning. It’s not about squaring off on policies. Teachers have to shut the door to all the noise in the political world and teach, every day.
via Teachers lack confidence in an outdated system | AL.com.
Chastidy Odoms would have been the only senior on Foley High’s girls basketball team this year.
However, the No. 40 once worn by the energetic teen with an infectious personality and a unique eye for friends in need sits in coach Sally Jeter’s office at the school. The tags still cling to the jersey.
via Three years after her death, Chastidy Odoms’ legacy remains strong at Foley High – al.com.
ORANGE BEACH — Back in the day — well, not too far back — condominium developers would seek permission to build bigger, taller and more of their complexes than Orange Beach zoning regulations would perhaps allow.
In negotiations to extend these privileges, the City of Orange Beach would ask for concessions from the builders in the form of access to the beach for city vehicles or improvements to some town amenity like the Backcountry Trail.
They were regularly referred to as “public benefits.”
via Tony Kennon wants Sea, Sand, Stars to be a true public benefit – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
A 64-year-old driver struck a 6-year-old who was crossing the street to go to school early Wednesday morning, according to Spanish Fort Police.
The incident occurred while the child was heading to Spanish Fort Elementary School at 7:40 a.m., according to police chief David Edgar.
via Driver strikes 6-year-old in Spanish Fort school zone | AL.com.
The Baldwin County Public Schools employed a $24 million strategy during the past four years to put pricey Apple laptops and iPads purchased into the hands of each one of their students.
Heralded as the “Digital Renaissance,” the plan required the district to take out a $9 million bank loan, charge parents a $67 annual computer insurance fee, and ask parents for an extra $100 to replace the computers if they broke or went missing.
via Baldwin County schools to ditch $24 million Apple computer plan? | AL.com.
BAY MINETTE, AL- Baldwin County School Supt. Eddie Tyler wants to save the system millions by replacing student MacBooks with Chromebooks.
“It’ll save close to 20 million dollars,” says Tyler. “It’s going to do everything the Mac does, but at a tremendous cost savings.”
via Baldwin County Students Could Get Chromebooks.
Baldwin County’s schools could be looking at a major overhaul of classroom technology, as the Baldwin County Board of Education may approve a proposal that would bring in Google Chromebooks to replace the Apple products currently used across the system.
via School system considers technology changes – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WPMI) Sunday afternoon, a teacher working at Bay Minette Intermediate School smelled smoke and called 911. A fire had erupted in the corner of a classroom at the school. It is suspected that it may have been caused by an electrical outlet but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
via Bay Minette Classroom Fire Quickly Contained – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) -
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A special education committee appointed by the City of Fairhope meets Wednesday afternoon talking about the next step in deciding how schools in its area will be funded.
Members are hearing a presentation from the second of two consultants that could be hired to study financing options.
via Meeting Wednesday on financing Fairhope schools. – FOX10 News | WALA.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) The Fairhope Academic Education Committee has been meeting with different consultant firms to research ways to generate school revenue.
“Wednesday we will present our findings from consultants to Fairhope City Council and ask them to choose which firm will conduct the study,” EAC Chairman Kerry Flowers said Tuesday.
The committee is looking at three options to help Fairhope Schools reach “Top Ten” level after March’s failed tax referendum.
via Fairhope Academic Education Committee Researches School Funding Options – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
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Wednesday afternoon, a meeting is scheduled to hear a presentation from a consultant to study financing options for schools in Fairhope.
The City of Fairhope’s education committee has been looking at the future of schools in Fairhope.
via Meeting Wednesday on Fairhope schools. – FOX10 News | WALA.
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In its latest efforts to address student population growth, the Board of Education is taking the next step to expand its schools.
It was a unanimous vote with board members giving the green light to two architect companies, Adams Stewart Architect and McKee and Associates Architecture & Interior Design, to start designing these expansions.
via BCBE approves design contracts to expand schools – FOX10 News | WALA.