Category Archives: Schools

School’s Out For Summer!

May 27, 2016

LOXLEY, AL- Students in Baldwin County are officially on summer break!

Students were dismissed at noon Thursday. Teachers still have a few more work days in their classrooms before taking a break.

Faculty and staff at Loxley Elementary invited Supt. Eddie Tyler to spend the last day with them as they enjoyed “Fun Day.”

via School’s Out For Summer!.

Special tax districts for local schools | WPMI

May 25, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — As the school year comes to a close in Baldwin County local communities like Gulf Shores and Fairhope are looking towards the future.

Finding money to build new schools may take center stage on the November ballot asking voters to create special tax districts.

A three million special tax district in the Gulf Shores High School feeder pattern would generate an additional $5.5 million a year. “It gives them that extra money to do what they want to do in that feeder pattern.”

via Special tax districts for local schools | WPMI.

Penny Sales Tax Talks Resurface

May 21, 2016

If you bought something in Baldwin County over the past six years, one penny on every dollar you’ve spent at the register has gone to public education.

The county’s one-percent school sales tax, which generates about 40 million in annual revenue, will expire in 2018.

School superintendent Eddie Tyler says teacher layoffs and cuts to extracurricular activities, special programs and services are all possibilities if the penny tax sunsets.

via Penny Sales Tax Talks Resurface.

Baldwin schools chief warns of financial ‘Armageddon,’ tosses coins during passionate display | AL.com

May 20, 2016

Eddie Tyler held a penny in his right hand and then pushed a $4 stack of quarters onto the floor.

It was an unusual illustration by the Baldwin County School superintendent Thursday into what he feels is the district greatest long-term threat: Financial stability if a penny sales tax isn’t renewed by Legislature before it expires in 2018.

“Each dollar represents $10 million,” said Tyler before tossing the quarters to the ground during a School Board meeting attended by a large group of parents and employees.

via Baldwin schools chief warns of financial ‘Armageddon,’ tosses coins during passionate display | AL.com.

Tax districts could mean millions for island, Eastern Shore schools – LagniappeLagniappe

May 19, 2016

The movement toward increased funding for schools within the Baldwin County Public School System is marching forward as officials in both Fairhope and Gulf Shores weigh new special tax districts they hope would mean millions in additional dollars for schools in their feeder patterns.

As leaders eye the potential loss of the countywide penny tax in 2018 and see the school system’s loss of 1 mill of property tax funding on the ballot in March, those at the municipal and county levels see a great opportunity in special tax districts.

via Tax districts could mean millions for island, Eastern Shore schools – LagniappeLagniappe.

Orange Beach Elementary receives “Award of Excellence” | WPMI

May 11, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — Orange Beach Elementary School was recognized by Attorney General Luther Strange Tuesday as a safe school.

The school received the “Award of Excellence” for being one of seven public schools in the state that works to provide a safe environment for students.

via Orange Beach Elementary receives “Award of Excellence” | WPMI.

Orange Beach wins safe schools award for third straight year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 11, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL —Attorney General Strange on May 10 presented Orange Beach Elementary School with the 2015 Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for Alabama State Board of Education District 1.

Schools were selected as winners from seven Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as three private schools for each region of the state. There were no nominees from District 4.

via Orange Beach wins safe schools award for third straight year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin County virtual school program growing in popularity – FOX10 News | WALA

April 19, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Leaders with the Baldwin County Board of Education toured the system’s “virtual school” facility Monday, April 18, 2016.  It was the first of its kind in the state and now in its third year, enrollment continues to grow.

Headquartered in a rent-free facility on Faulkner State’s Fairhope campus, Baldwin County’s virtual school program continues to grow as more families look for alternative means of education.  Baldwin County School Board president, Shannon Cauley and superintendent, Eddie Tyler stopped in to visit with some students to find out what attracted them to the program.

via Baldwin County virtual school program growing in popularity – FOX10 News | WALA.

Results released in Fairhope education study – FOX10 News | WALA

April 14, 2016

The future of Fairhope education is now in the hands of the city council after results of an education study were released Wednesday night. The city paid $49,000 to assess how its five schools measure up to the top ten school systems in the state. We first told you about the study when the city council passed it in January.

via Results released in Fairhope education study – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Baldwin County BOE expanding six schools, costing $15.5 million – FOX10 News | WALA

April 12, 2016

At a special meeting Monday night, the Baldwin County school board approved plans to expand six schools, something many parents have been hoping for across the county.

Six Baldwin County schools will be getting bigger after the board gave the go ahead to a $15.5 million project proposed in November. Board members say building additions is how they’re dealing with a rapidly growing school system. The board says facilities have always been a big concern, and now six schools are getting much needed classrooms to replace the portables there now.

via Baldwin County BOE expanding six schools, costing $15.5 million – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin Task Force Looking at Money Challenges

March 26, 2016

With the passage of most but not all property tax renewals this past March, Baldwin County school leaders are optimistic they can convince people to vote for another tax renewal around the corner. The school year is put on pause for the start of spring break. Members of the community advisory task force are taking stock of where they are–despite the fact a one-mil property tax failed, they’re confident things are moving in the right direction.

via Baldwin Task Force Looking at Money Challenges.

Daphne could be getting ‘the very best’ in Kenny King, former coaches say – al.com

March 17, 2016

Ronnie Cottrell has a simple – but direct – statement about Kenny King, who is expected to be approved as Daphne’s new football coach and athletic director later this week.

“Kenny King represents the very best,” said Cottrell, who currently serves as Mobile Christian’s head football coach.

via Daphne could be getting ‘the very best’ in Kenny King, former coaches say – al.com.

King named new Daphne head football coach | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI

March 13, 2016

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) Daphne High School has hired Kenny King as the new head football coach for the Trojans.

King not only played at Daphne, but was a four-year starter at Alabama before spending fix seasons in the NFL. Most recently, King has been serving as an assistant coach for a high school in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

via King named new Daphne head football coach | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI.

With $34 million or more hole possible for Baldwin County schools, leaders seek solutions | AL.com

March 11, 2016

State lawmakers and Baldwin County leaders are launching discussions about how to proceed with resolving the future of a penny sales tax for schools set to expire in May 2018.

Without the tax revenue, the school system estimates that it could lose at least $34 million fiscal year 2019, which begins Oct. 1, 2018. That revenue supports over 500 jobs, including 144 teachers, 94 clerical positions, 74 maintenance positions and 69 bus drivers.

via With $34 million or more hole possible for Baldwin County schools, leaders seek solutions | AL.com.

Barbara Grice sentenced to 3 years on firearms charge – FOX10 News | WALA

March 05, 2016

Powerful testimony Friday morning in the sentencing of a Foley woman who pleaded guilty to bringing a loaded gun on to the campus of Elberta Elementary School last year.

Authorities say Barbara Grice walked into the school carrying a revolver and confronted her sister in the cafeteria.

via Barbara Grice sentenced to 3 years on firearms charge – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Economist: Baldwin County’s support for education worse than ‘third world’ countries | AL.com

March 05, 2016

According to one area economist, Baldwin County’s support for public education is worse than that of a “third world county.”

Semoon Chang, of the Gulf Coast Center for Impact Studies, said Wednesday he believes it is a “shame” that voters are not providing the maximum support for children in the county. His comments come after voters failed to give a 1-mill property tax renewal the required 60 percent it needed for passage. The mill is set to expire in 2018 and, without it, the school system could be losing $4 million a year.

via Economist: Baldwin County’s support for education worse than ‘third world’ countries | AL.com.

Baldwin Schools Ready to Move Forward after Renewal Vote

March 04, 2016

A normal day at school for students and teachers at Stapleton Elementary after a stressful night with school funding at risk.

“We consider it a victory in terms of the numbers that turned out in support,” says superintendent Eddie Tyler.

There were two tax renewals on the Super Tuesday Ballot. A three-mill renewal passed. The one mill, or a loss of about four million dollars, was defeated. “We’re going to step back and enjoy the fact that the public is listening and starting to embrace some of the changes and then get together and talk about how we want to move forward,” says Tyler.

via Baldwin Schools Ready to Move Forward after Renewal Vote.

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