Category Archives: Schools

Parents react to Superintendent Owen returning to Rockwell – FOX10 News | WALA

May 23, 2015

The parking lot at Rockwell was packed Friday afternoon. Dozens of cars cycled through the parking lot to whisk their kids off the summer.

But as the kids prepare to leave, Robbie Owen is prepared to step back in.

“I was excited! I was excited. We miss Robbie. Mrs. Manders is an awesome stand-in principal, but I think she’s glad to have Robbie back as well,” Katrina Coleman, a Rockwell parent said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Parents react to Superintendent Owen returning to Rockwell – FOX10 News | WALA.

School board member on superintendent resignation: “He came into – FOX10 News | WALA

May 23, 2015

Baldwin County School Board Member Cecil Christenberry, representing District 6, told FOX10 he is sad for the school system after hearing about Superintendent Robbie Owen’s resignation, but is also understanding, and keeping a positive attitude for the future possibilities of Baldwin County Public Schools.

“He loves education, he loves children, he loves students, so he came into a very tough job that was extremely political. I don’t think he cares too much for the politics of it, and that’s okay,” explained Christenberry.

FOX10 News | WALA

via School board member on superintendent resignation: “He came into – FOX10 News | WALA.

Last Day of School Full of Surprises in Baldwin Co.

May 23, 2015

On the last day of school, a mixture of joy, sadness and on this last day of school,

“It was a surprise to a lot of us.” The resignation of superintendent Robbie Owen.

“We’re going to miss him,” says Foley Elementary principal Bill Lawrence. “The second he came on board, as a lot of folks said, there was a sense of relief throughout the system.”

via Last Day of School Full of Surprises in Baldwin Co..

Two interim assistant superintendents in Baldwin County also resigning | AL.com

May 23, 2015

Baldwin County School Superintendent Robbie Owen’s two top interim assistants will be joining him in returning their previous principal jobs on July 1.

Russ Moore will return to Foley High School to resume his previous role as principal and Becky Comer will resume her full-time principal job at Spanish Fort elementary school.

via Two interim assistant superintendents in Baldwin County also resigning | AL.com.

Robbie Owen: Decision to resign as Baldwin County superintendent not about bitter politics, but more about love for former job | AL.com

May 23, 2015

The bitterness from the March 31 referendum campaign did not affect Robbie Owen’s decision Friday to step down as superintendent of a school system in Alabama’s fastest growing county and return as principal to Rockwell Elementary School.

via Robbie Owen: Decision to resign as Baldwin County superintendent not about bitter politics, but more about love for former job | AL.com.

State Auditor now only suing AG, not Baldwin County School Board – FOX10 News | WALA

May 22, 2015

State Auditor Jim Ziegler claimed he is not backing down when asked about why he is no longer suing four out of the seven Baldwin County School Board (BCBE) members, including Superintendent Robbie Owen.

Ziegler said he is refocusing his lawsuit to only include Attorney General Luther Strange. Ziegler hopes a judge will rule the BCBE use of taxpayer money to promote a “yes” vote on a property tax increase proposal is illegal.

FOX10 News | WALA

via State Auditor now only suing AG, not Baldwin County School Board – FOX10 News | WALA.

State Auditor Scales Back Lawsuit – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 20, 2015

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) State Auditor Jim Zeigler is rethinking his lawsuit against the Baldwin County School System.

He claims the board and superintendent illegally spent public funds to promote the recent tax referendum.

Late last week, the four board members named in the suit, along with Superintendent Robbie Owen got the green light from Attorney General Luther Strange to use public funds to defend themselves in the suit.

via State Auditor Scales Back Lawsuit – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Gulf Shores Teen Graduates after Beating Cancer – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 20, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) A teen who beat cancer celebrated another milestone Tuesday night.

Taylor Wilson, 17, graduated from Gulf Shores High School, despite only being able to attend a cumulative of 30 classroom days.

Wilson was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009 and underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2013. She has been cancer free since her operation, however she still requires regular medical care and has a weak immune system.

via Gulf Shores Teen Graduates after Beating Cancer – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Our view: Let’s have a real conversation about Baldwin schools | AL.com

May 15, 2015

If nothing else, the failed tax referendum in March revealed just how wide the gap had become between those who work in Baldwin schools or have children enrolled in them, and those who do not.

Six weeks ago, when voters soundly defeated 8 mills in new property taxes for building needs and 4 mills in property tax renewals, both sides seemed to be talking past each other.

via Our view: Let’s have a real conversation about Baldwin schools | AL.com.

Phelps named Baldwin County Elementary Teacher of the Year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People

May 14, 2015

Renee Phelps knew from her elementary school days she would one day be a teacher. Little did she know while playing she would one day be Baldwin County’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

Phelps has been teaching for 26 years, and this is her ninth year teaching fifth grade at Summerdale School. Before coming to Summerdale, Phelps taught in Mobile and Washington counties. Her family moved to the area to be closer to family and for more opportunities for her children.

via Phelps named Baldwin County Elementary Teacher of the Year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.

BCBE asks AG if it’s legal to use tax dollars to fight lawsuit – FOX10 News | WALA

May 14, 2015

Some will call it ironic – the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) is asking the Alabama Attorney General if it’s okay to spend tax payer money to fight a lawsuit in court that was filed because of the way the BCBE spent taxpayer money on a campaign.

FOX10 News | WALA

via BCBE asks AG if it’s legal to use tax dollars to fight lawsuit – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin Schools Asks to Use Tax Money in Legal Fight

May 14, 2015

The Baldwin county school board is asking for an opinion from the Attorney General as they tackle a lawsuit filed against the board.

The suit was filed earlier this month by auditor Jim Zeigler calling for four members of the school board and the superintendent to personally pay back taxpayer money used in the Build Baldwin Now campaign.

via Baldwin Schools Asks to Use Tax Money in Legal Fight.

Do Fairhope residents want a separate school system? – FOX10 News | WALA

May 13, 2015

Nearly 100 concerned Fairhope citizens showed up to an education forum Tuesday night, May 12, hosted by the City of Fairhope’s Education Advisory Committee. 

The forum informed citizens about current Fairhope School expenditures and statistics, such as the 88 percent of students who graduate from Fairhope High School, who end up going to a two or four-year college. 

via Do Fairhope residents want a separate school system? – FOX10 News | WALA.

Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com

May 06, 2015

A lawsuit filed Friday in Montgomery County against Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and Baldwin County school officials is being privately financed and is an effort to seek clarification on whether school boards can use taxpayer money to fund campaigns, Auditor Jim Zeigler said Monday.

via Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com.

Lawsuit Could Force Baldwin School Board to Repay Campaign Money

May 05, 2015

A month after Baldwin County voters soundly defeated a plan to raise property taxes to fund new school construction, State Auditor Jim Ziegler has filed a lawsuit to recoup 250 thousand dollars spent by the Baldwin County School Board to finance the campaign and prevent school boards from ever doing it again.

“The purpose of the lawsuit is to stop school boards from spending taxpayer fund and resources on political activity,” says Ziegler.

via Lawsuit Could Force Baldwin School Board to Repay Campaign Money.

Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com

May 05, 2015

A lawsuit filed Friday in Montgomery County against Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and Baldwin County school officials is being privately financed and is an effort to seek clarification on whether school boards can use taxpayer money to fund campaigns, Auditor Jim Zeigler said Monday.

via Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com.

Officials viewed public meeting as positive first step in healing fractured relationship between voters, Baldwin County schools | AL.com

May 03, 2015

Gulf Shores resident Jeff Quick set the tone for Thursday’s public forum before the Baldwin County Commission and School Board by introducing a proposal that officials are embracing as a possible move forward.

via Officials viewed public meeting as positive first step in healing fractured relationship between voters, Baldwin County schools | AL.com.

Tea party group pitches reforms for Baldwin County schools | AL.com

May 03, 2015

Beginning construction of a Bay Minette elementary school, making further cuts to the Digital Renaissance program and requiring the school system to conduct quarterly town hall meetings within each feeder pattern were some of the proposals for the Baldwin County School system floated Saturday by the Common Sense Campaign tea party organization.

via Tea party group pitches reforms for Baldwin County schools | AL.com.

Baldwin voters’ opinions vary on what’s next for schools – FOX10 News | WALA

May 02, 2015

A public comment session scheduled for Thursday night, April 30, 2015 will be a great opportunity for county and school leaders to hear some ideas on where we go from here. The time is limited though. There will only be enough time to hear from about 24 people.

Because of that, Fox 10 News hit the streets of Baldwin County to gather opinions from folks who won’t be able to make the meeting. There was a consensus on a couple of issues. Looking back on why the tax referendum vote on March 31st turned out the way it did, the resounding opinion is that the millage renewals shouldn’t have been on the same ballot with the new tax proposals.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin voters’ opinions vary on what’s next for schools – FOX10 News | WALA.

Auditor Jim Zeigler says lawsuit against AG, Baldwin County schools isn’t meant to ‘flame up’ sensitive matter | AL.com

May 02, 2015

A lawsuit against Attorney General Luther Strange over the handling of the Baldwin County School System’s tax campaign will be released on Monday, Auditor Jim Zeigler said Friday.

He insists it’s not meant to stir up ill feelings that still exist since the March 31 election.

via Auditor Jim Zeigler says lawsuit against AG, Baldwin County schools isn’t meant to ‘flame up’ sensitive matter | AL.com.

Baldwin County school board president on tonight’s meeting: We want to listen to ideas | AL.com

May 02, 2015

Baldwin County and school board officials say they are planning to simply “listen” during a two-hour public hearing tonight in Robertsdale.

School Board President Norm Moore said Wednesday that there will be other opportunities to answer questions surfacing during the meeting, but that Thursday night is about “listening.”

via Baldwin County school board president on tonight’s meeting: We want to listen to ideas | AL.com.

Public Forum Thursday On School Tax Vote

April 30, 2015

A public forum will be held tomorrow night (April 30th) from 7-9 at the Baldwin County Commission Annex in Robertsdale to discuss “Plan B” following last month’s failed property tax increase referendum.

On March 31st, voters overwhelmingly rejected an 8 mil tax hike to fund a massive, school expansion project. Voters also rejected two existing mils up for renewal.

via Public Forum Thursday On School Tax Vote.

5 minutes to speak and other logistical issues you need to know about Thursday’s Baldwin County meeting | AL.com

April 29, 2015

Public speakers at Thursday’s much-anticipated Baldwin County Public Schools-Commission meeting in Robertsdale will get five minutes to speak and will have to sign up to do so when they arrive.

If more than 24 people want to speak, warranting a need for another public meeting, Baldwin County Commission President Charles “Skip” Gruber said Tuesday he’s open to having one.

via 5 minutes to speak and other logistical issues you need to know about Thursday’s Baldwin County meeting | AL.com.

Baldwin County school leaders defend “Digital Renaissance” spend – FOX10 News | WALA

April 23, 2015

After asking for two months, FOX10 News has finally gotten a closer look into the cost of the Baldwin County Board of Education’s “Digital Renaissance,” now known as the 1:1 Digital Initiative, which has put laptops into the hands of every student, and iPads into the hands of every kindergartner.

Many Baldwin County residents have criticized the school board for the Digital Initiative, saying it has mismanaged funds, but Wednesday, April 22, school officials said the initiative has been more cost effective than traditional learning, as the cost of textbooks before the initiative was launched was some $2.3 million.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin County school leaders defend “Digital Renaissance” spend – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County schools advocate plans to speak about ‘facts’ at Baldwin County Commission meetings | AL.com

April 22, 2015

Baldwin County public schools spent less on each of its students from 2012-2013 than the average of school districts in Alabama and in the U.S., the executive director of the non-profit Baldwin County Education Coalition said Tuesday during the Baldwin County Commission meeting.

via Baldwin County schools advocate plans to speak about ‘facts’ at Baldwin County Commission meetings | AL.com.

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