Elberta Mayor Marvin Williams has wanted a new high school in the south Baldwin County town since he was elected seven years ago. He isn’t sure that he’ll get to see it materialize while still in office. But he is happy that, for the first time in years, the Baldwin County school system is moving ahead with adding school buildings at Elberta Elementary.
FOLEY, AL- Foley defense attorney Paul Cater is following the rape investigation closely and will be at Cameron Harrison’s preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
Harrison is charged with first-degree rape and was kicked out of school and off the Spanish Fort Toros football team after police say he raped an unconscious 16-year old classmate at an open house party.
ELBERTA, Ala. (WPMI) Elberta will soon be home to a new high school. The Baldwin County School Board approved a more than $3.9 million to make the change.
The two phase project includes transferring 4th, 5th and 6th graders to Elberta Elementary school. 14 new rooms and expanded cafeteria will be added to the elementary school as well.
A Baldwin County school bus driver is in the hot seat after school officials say he made literature that spoke-out against homosexuality available to students.
Local 15′s Muriel Bailey spoke to a parent who says the school notified him but didn’t tell him what the material was about.
“Once my friend told me what it was it kind of shocked me then when I told my parents it kind of shocked them,” said Daphne Middle school student Sam Mirabella.
Thursday morning some students at Daphne Middle School walked off the school bus with something extra in their hands.
Through cost savings and budget cuts, the Baldwin County Board of Education has secured 15.5 million dollars for school additions, campus expansions and improvements.
Several schools are positioned to get new wings, cafeterias and campus upgrades.
The town of Elberta would get its own high school under the Pay As You Go plan which would alleviate over-crowding at Foley High.
Tuesday night, November 17, the Baldwin County School Board and leaders of the Baldwin County Community Advisory Task Force met at the board’s work session for nearly four hours to thoroughly discuss the 17 recommendations the task force presented in October.
SPANISH FORT, AL- School administrators in Baldwin County have made it clear: now is not the time for Spanish Fort football players, students and fans to publicly support accused rapist Cameron Harrison.
Many were outraged when signs and symbols supporting Harrison surfaced in the locker room and at last Friday’s playoff game.
Since rape allegations came out a week ago against a Spanish Fort football player, there has been much visible support for him. That showing of support at last Friday’s football game prompted the superintendent of Baldwin County Schools to issue a statement forbidding the public displays on school grounds going forward.
FOLEY, AL- Veteran Baldwin County educator JaNae Dawson is running unopposed for the district 4 seat which will be vacated when Norm Moore retires.
Dawson, who spent more than 38 years in education, has been retired since 2010, still remains active in local education.
We caught up with Dawson at the Foley Veterans Day ceremony where she helped put together a 1940’s era USO club routine. The performance was put on by the Foley High Drama Club.
A long-time Baldwin County school district employee, and a former interim superintendent, is poised to become the newest addition to the School Board after the November 2016 general election.
The Robertsdale High School Band Boosters will hold a Motorcycle Run and BBQ Festival to benefit the RHS Golden Bear Marching Band, Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Loxley Civic Center and Loxley Municipal Park.
The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include arts and crafts and food booths. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in butts, ribs, chicken and sauce.
BALDWIN COUNTY- On Wednesday afternoon, a Baldwin County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer assigned to the C.F. Taylor School in Robertsdale was approached by a bus driver advising the deputy of a possible weapon discovered on a bus. The SRO searched the bus along with the driver and discovered what initially was thought to be a black semi automatic hand gun.
On Wednesday, October 28, Chris Francis officially announced his candidacy campaign for a seat on the Baldwin County School Board in an interview with FOX10 News.
“I want to put my name on the ballot to give people an option to vote for somebody that they can align themselves with,” said Francis, who associates himself with the TEA Party.
Baldwin County Public Schools and Mobile County Public Schools are in session. Both systems posted to social media sites last night and this morning.
Kevin Corcoran doesn’t own a time-traveling DeLorean and he probably didn’t realize that the past Wednesday was celebrated as “Back to the Future Day” in pop culture circles.
He certainly has very little interest in turning back the clock in Baldwin County schools.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) Is Baldwin County going to increase sales taxes next year? Officials say it’s not likely. A community task force introduced the proposal to school board members and commissioners Tuesday night.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The excitement was contagious at Columbia Southern University’s annual commencement ceremonies which featured more than 3,800 graduates and guests on Friday in Orange Beach, Ala.
Two graduation ceremonies, comprised of 730 graduates, were conducted at the Orange Beach Event Center.
Thursday night, October 22, Baldwin County’s new school Superintendent, Eddie Tyler, extended the olive branch to the “no voters” who fought against a property tax increase last March that would have helped schools.
Tyler spoke with the “Common Sense Campaign,” or TEA Party, at 6:30 p.m. at the Homestead Village in Fairhope.
The Baldwin County Commission has legal authority to increase the local sales tax to support schools, but that appears unlikely to happen soon, if at all.
County commissioners said they’re waiting on the school board to decide what it wants to do. A special task force recommended the extra sales tax to support school construction in a report issued Tuesday night.
ROBERTSDALE, AL (WALA) - Months of work led to the 17 recommendations of the Community Advisory Task Force assembled to help the Baldwin County Public School System.
About half of those revolve around facilities and finance.
Last week, the school board discussed 19 capital improvement projects, with six projects able to be funded now with about $15.5 million in available funds.
The task force suggests they hold off on that, at least for now.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL- Baldwin County voters overwhelmingly said “no” to a property tax increase to fund public education, but would they support a sales tax hike?
On Tuesday, a citizens education advisory committee recommended a new, half-cent sales tax to help fund a 150 million dollar “Pay as you Go” school construction and capital improvements program.
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WPMI) Baldwin County School board member are considering several proposals to improve support for the school system after hearing from their community advisory task force, Tuesday night.
“We have spent 12,000 hours, visited schools and looked at ways to increase revenue to improve our school system and we hope the board will be pleased with the work we’ve done,” Chairman Kevin Corcoran said.
In a long-awaited public meeting Monday night, October 20, a recently-formed community task force presented its recommendations to the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) and the Baldwin County Commission.
The Community Education Advisory Task Force was formed over the summer following a devastating loss in a special school tax referendum back in March.
Seven months after a tax proposal was defeated in Baldwin County, Tuesday night the school board received a blue-print of recommendations on how to move forward.
The board received a 71-page report from a community task force looking at reform in the school district.
A new one-half cent sales tax would be used to generate enough revenue to support a $152 million pay-as-you-go construction program addressing 19 projects needing “immediate” attention, a community task force recommended Tuesday for the Baldwin County School System.
BAY MINETTE, AL- The Baldwin County Board of Education appointed a 26-member Community Advisory Task Force after the March tax referendum failed.
The task force is diverse and is made up of folks who were strongly against the referendum and people who voted for the additional 8 mils.
Logan Holland ran for two touchdowns and Brodie Wilkinson returned a blocked punt for a score as Gulf Shores won its first game of the season, knocking off rival Robertsdale 34-24 on Friday night.
“Let me apologize to the children of Baldwin County,” said Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) member David Tarwater. ”Public education is under attack.”
Those were just a few of the many comments Tarwater gave in a school board meeting Thursday night, October 15, when the board voted to spend some $23,000 in taxpayer dollars to pay the attorney who defended school board members in a lawsuit last spring.
LOXLEY, AL (WALA) - Game day flags were flying high at Fairhope High School on Friday. Beyond cheering on their football team, the Pirates may have something else to cheer for soon: 20 new classrooms.
The notion of ridding the school of portables has parents excited.
Growing pains for the Baldwin County school system have not subsided with a new school year.
“We haven’t lost enrollment,” says new superintendent Eddie Tyler, “we’ve increased and we’re still over 30 thousand.”