Category Archives: Schools

Foley High School Spirit Night set for Aug. 14 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 31, 2015

FOLEY — The rich history of all things blue and gold will be celebrated during Foley High School Spirit Night on Friday, Aug. 14 at Ivan Jones Stadium.

Anyone who attended Foley High School and was a member of the marching band, cheerleading squads or any athletic program at the school is invited to take part in the celebration.

via Foley High School Spirit Night set for Aug. 14 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Two down, Three to go in Baldwin Co. Supt. Search

July 30, 2015

If there is one thing that Dr. Reginald Eggleston and Dr. James Stevens want you to know about them, it’s this.

“My role would be to come in to build relationships, regain the trust of the community, work with the staff and demonstrate to everyone that we have the best interest for the community as well as the young people who we have the responsibility of educating,” says Eggleston who is currently the assistant superintendent of Mobile County Schools.

via Two down, Three to go in Baldwin Co. Supt. Search.

Baldwin parents want superintendent who can manage money – FOX10 News | WALA

July 29, 2015

The Baldwin County School Board will interview two of five candidates for superintendent Wednesday night. They will interview the last three candidates on Thursday.

The upcoming decision falls on the heels of a failed tax referendum and the resignation of former superintendent Robbie Owen just six months after he was announced superintendent. As the county grows at a faster rate than ever, Baldwin School officials say they need someone to lead them in the right direction.

via Baldwin parents want superintendent who can manage money – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 27, 2015

ALABAMA/FLORIDA (WPMI) Alabama residents can soon take part in back to school savings. The tax break covers books and supplies, including clothes priced at less than $100, and computers and educational software less than $750.

The sales tax holiday in Alabama runs August 7-9.

via Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA

July 18, 2015

Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin has dismissed a lawsuit against former Baldwin County School System Superintendent Robbie Owen and four Baldwin County Board of Education members.

This, after State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed suit against them seeking a ruling that would stop county school boards from spending taxpayer money on tax referendum campaigns.

via Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Time running out for Baldwin County schools to install portable – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

Workers for the Baldwin County School System are not done installing new portables for local schools – with just a month to get it done. There are still 10 out of the 17 portables that need to be installed around Baldwin County. Workers say they are confident they will meet the August 17 deadline.

via Time running out for Baldwin County schools to install portable – FOX10 News | WALA.

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BCBE appoints Hope Zeanah as interim superintendent – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

The Baldwin County Board of Education has named veteran Baldwin educator Hope Zeanah as Interim Superintendent.

The appointment allows Robbie Owen to resume full-time principal responsibilities at Rockwell Elementary and the school system to have full-time leader as the upcoming school year nears.

via BCBE appoints Hope Zeanah as interim superintendent – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Meet the Five Candidates for Baldwin School Superintendent

July 17, 2015

The Baldwin County Board of Education has named the five finalists for the district’s vacant Superintendent position.

As we reported in May, Superintendent Robbie Owen handed in his resignation on the last day of school to return to his position as Principal at Rockwell Elementary. Owen had only been on the job since August. He was named interim superintendent after Dr. Alan Lee suddenly resigned.

via Meet the Five Candidates for Baldwin School Superintendent.

Baldwin County school board gets 26 applicants for superintendent, will pare down to top five | AL.com

July 15, 2015

The Baldwin County school board received 26 applications in its current superintendent search, which will be whittled down to a top five so interviews can start in the coming weeks.

According to school board President Shannon Cauley, most of the board members picked up packets with all of the applications on July 10, and have started narrowing their lists to five finalists. Once the seven members accomplish that, they will turn those names over to board Attorney Scotty Lewis who will compile a list of five finalists, to be interviewed.

via Baldwin County school board gets 26 applicants for superintendent, will pare down to top five | AL.com.

In Fairhope, a keen debate about the future of local schools | AL.com

July 15, 2015

What’s the best way forward for Fairhope schools? City Council members agreed this week to find out the exact price of studying the question.

After sometimes-tense discussion Monday evening, council members unanimously instructed city staff members to work with the Fairhope Education Advisory Committee (EAC) to collect needed data.

via In Fairhope, a keen debate about the future of local schools | AL.com.

School breakaway debate rekindles in Fairhope | AL.com

June 24, 2015

Talk is reviving in Fairhope about forming an independent city school system.

The Fairhope Education Advisory Committee asked the City Council this week to back a study that would consider three options: going independent, creating a special tax district to boost revenues for Fairhope schools, or staying the present course by remaining in the Baldwin County system, with the city providing in-kind and cash contributions to Fairhope schools totaling about $850,000.

via School breakaway debate rekindles in Fairhope | AL.com.

It’s not artificial turf, but Spanish Fort council approves fixes for high school, middle school fields | AL.com

June 16, 2015

Two weeks after the Spanish Fort City Council defeated a proposal to install artificial turf to its high school’s football field, the council moved forward Monday with some smaller fixes that officials believe will help get the field ready for the Toros football season.

via It’s not artificial turf, but Spanish Fort council approves fixes for high school, middle school fields | AL.com.

Amid predictions of $5 million debt by 2017, Baldwin school offi – FOX10 News | WALA

June 06, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Some critics have labeled this situation a “crisis,” and in a school board meeting Thursday night, June 4, that narrative was no different among public school officials themselves.

The Baldwin County Board of Education’s Chief Financial Officer projects the school board will be facing millions of dollars worth of debt in just a couple years.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Amid predictions of $5 million debt by 2017, Baldwin school offi – FOX10 News | WALA.

Fairhope to consider contracting independent school system study – FOX10 News | WALA

June 04, 2015

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - The City of Fairhope may be in the market for a new researcher to conduct a feasibility study of a city-wide school system, independent from the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE).

According to a city councilwoman on the Fairhope Education Advisory Committee, the committee is looking for qualified candidates who could conduct a study about the pros, cons, and costs of separating from Baldwin County Schools.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Fairhope to consider contracting independent school system study – FOX10 News | WALA.

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.

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