Category Archives: Schools

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.

City, county leaders look at revisiting city school concepts in Baldwin County following referendum defeat | AL.com

April 19, 2015

The educational proverb of “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” might be good advice for some or a prelude to Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity to others.

For city and county officials in Baldwin County, revisiting the old issue of city schools has resurrected with the hopes of expecting a different result.

The idea has been floated in several communities since the voters overwhelmingly shot down a March 31 school-tax referendum to build new schools in high-growth areas.

via City, county leaders look at revisiting city school concepts in Baldwin County following referendum defeat | AL.com.

Burglary charge dropped against alleged Elberta Elementary School shooter Barbara Grice | AL.com

April 19, 2015

A Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge on Friday dismissed a burglary charge against a 51-year-old woman who entered Elberta Elementary School on Feb. 25 with a gun and threatened her sister.

But Judge Scott Taylor said there was enough evidence to send the charges of attempted murder, making a terrorist threat, and possessing a deadly weapon on school ground to a grand jury for review.

via Burglary charge dropped against alleged Elberta Elementary School shooter Barbara Grice | AL.com.

Baldwin School Board Hears from Parents – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 17, 2015

For the first time since voters turned down several new and existing tax increases, Baldwin County residents got the opportunity to address the school board.

Much of the conversation at the first regular meeting post the referendum was centered around Bay Minette Elementary School.

via Baldwin School Board Hears from Parents – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Baldwin County school system looking to save up to $6 million per year switching from Mac to PC | AL.com

April 16, 2015

Baldwin County might not be an Apple-only school system in the coming years, when it comes to the technology its students use to learn.

During the Board of Education’s work session in Robertsdale on Tuesday, system Director of Technology Homer Coffman told board members his department is looking at possibly moving from iPad and MacBook Air computers to PC devices, such as the HP Pilot and Chromebooks, which are made by multiple manufacturers.

via Baldwin County school system looking to save up to $6 million per year switching from Mac to PC | AL.com.

School members address elephant in the room in first meeting sin – FOX10 News | WALA

April 15, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, AL (WALA) - It’s been two weeks since the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) suffered a big defeat in a special school tax election. Board members met Tuesday night, April 14, for the first time since that loss.

It was quite clear that school board members couldn’t help but address the elephant in the room – voters in Baldwin County sent a strong message on election day two weeks ago that they didn’t trust the BCBE with their property taxes.

FOX10 News | WALA

via School members address elephant in the room in first meeting sin – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County Commission Chairman: April 30 joint county/school meeting won’t be a ‘bashing session’ | AL.com

April 15, 2015

A rare joint meeting between the Baldwin County Commission and the School Board on April 30 will not include a presentation from the school’s administrations and will, instead, be an opportunity for the public to provide input on where the $313 million school system heads into the future.

Baldwin County Commission Chairman Charles “Skip” Gruber said Tuesday the meeting will not be a forum where the public can vent and point blame at others following what was a disastrous election for the school system on March 31.

via Baldwin County Commission Chairman: April 30 joint county/school meeting won’t be a ‘bashing session’ | AL.com.

Tea Party representative: ‘No blank checks’ for renewal of Baldwin County School System’s loss revenue | AL.com

April 15, 2015

A representative of a local tea party organization said Monday that there are “no blank checks” when it comes to renewing potential loss revenue for the Baldwin County School System.

The Common Sense Campaign of Baldwin County, during last month’s campaign, publicly stated they supported the renewal of the school district’s existing mills. But the group has since been criticized for leading a “No” campaign against new taxes that ultimately led to a disastrous night for the school system in which four of five ballot questions were shot down.

via Tea Party representative: ‘No blank checks’ for renewal of Baldwin County School System’s loss revenue | AL.com.

Alabama Auditor seeks legal injunction to stop schools from spending tax money on referendum campaigns | AL.com

April 15, 2015

A lawsuit Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler plans to file in Montgomery Circuit Court requests a judge to prohibit local school boards from spending public money to campaign for referendums, and requests the Baldwin County School Board to repay what it spent last month.

At least two of the Alabama school systems with April 28 referendums have no plans to spend public money to support the ballot measures.

via Alabama Auditor seeks legal injunction to stop schools from spending tax money on referendum campaigns | AL.com.

Why a lottery won’t resolve Baldwin County’s school tax issues | AL.com

April 15, 2015

If there is one thing almost all sides of the recently defeated Baldwin County School System tax referendum can agree upon, it’s this — the chances of a lottery funding a massive county-wide school construction program has as much chance of happening as someone hitting it big in a Mega Millions jackpot.

But in the aftermath of last month’s ballot box loss for the school system, some people have taken to social media and tossed out the word “lottery” as a solution to the school board’s money needs for a massive construction plan.

via Why a lottery won’t resolve Baldwin County’s school tax issues | AL.com.

Baldwin County Commission: Despite vote, taxpayers will pay the – FOX10 News | WALA

April 10, 2015

The Baldwin County Commission certified the results of last Tuesday’s tax referendum vote on today. With residents in Baldwin County voting against four mills in tax renewals, the county could fall well short of what it’s obligated to pay the state of Alabama.

Regardless of how the vote turned out, Baldwin County taxpayers still have to meet their financial obligations to the state. How that will happen is not clear. Baldwin County Commission Chairman, Skip Gruber said Thursday he’s already reached out to the Baldwin County Board of Education and is setting up the first of what’s sure to be several meetings.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin County Commission: Despite vote, taxpayers will pay the – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County Commission, School Board to meet April 30 to discuss next steps following tax referendum defeat | AL.com

April 10, 2015

The next step forward for the Baldwin County Public School System is to have a joint public meeting April 30 with the four-member Baldwin County Commission in Robertsdale.

The tentative meeting is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at the Central Annex Building, 22251 Palmer St. and it will be open to the public.

The aim for the meeting, according to commissioners on Thursday, is to begin moving forward from the March 31 referendum that could potentially leave the school system with a loss of revenues.

via Baldwin County Commission, School Board to meet April 30 to discuss next steps following tax referendum defeat | AL.com.

Provisional Ballots Counted, One Baldwin Tax Renewal Passes

April 09, 2015

While provisional ballots were being counted at election offices in Bay Minette, just a few blocks away at Bay Minette Elementary School principal Averette Hale was ushering workmen and the state fire marshal around campus. “Just to make sure the building is safe and all the things that can be fixed are being fixed.”

via Provisional Ballots Counted, One Baldwin Tax Renewal Passes.

Final vote count in: Renewal of tax worth about $10.5 million to Baldwin schools survives | AL.com

April 09, 2015

During the March 31 property tax referendum, voters came out against four of five taxes on the ballot, but one measure has survived and been approved based on a provisional ballot count in Baldwin County Probate Court on Tuesday.

Of the 455 provisional votes cast, 303 were verified and counted, according to Probate Court Judge Tim Russell. And those votes basically went along with the percentages from the general election, he said.

via Final vote count in: Renewal of tax worth about $10.5 million to Baldwin schools survives | AL.com.

Councilman will push for Daphne city school system – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 07, 2015

DAPHNE, Ala. – City Councilman Robin LeJeune announced that he will push for the creation of a Daphne city school system during council comments at Monday night’s meeting.

Citing what he called trust issues with the Baldwin County Board of Education, LeJeune said it was time for the city to take steps to break away from the county system.

via Councilman will push for Daphne city school system – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin Co. Tax Increase Provisional Votes to be Counted Tuesday – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 07, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala (WPMI) Tuesday marks one week since Baldwin County residents voted down a school tax increase and two tax renewals.

A three mill renewal remained too close to call last Tuesday, with a virtual 50/50 split, separated by only 195 votes.

The provisional ballots for that renewal will be counted Tuesday to officially decide which way the measure will go.

However, Probate Judge Tim Russell told Local 15 last week it is highly unlikely that there will be enough provisional ballots to change the outcome, and expects the renewal to pass.

via Baldwin Co. Tax Increase Provisional Votes to be Counted Tuesday – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Experts discuss potential long-term ‘negatives’ of defunding Baldwin County Public Schools following referendum loss | AL.com

April 05, 2015

Shrink Baldwin Now might’ve been a fake movement rooted in April Fool’s Day jest, but its comedic online pledge of reducing the population and fewer schools is a reality for some insiders fearful for the long-term health of Baldwin County.

The concerns among Realtors, economists and others come after voters overwhelmingly shot down four of five ballot questions asking to either renew or increase property taxes for the Baldwin County School System.

via Experts discuss potential long-term ‘negatives’ of defunding Baldwin County Public Schools following referendum loss | AL.com.

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