Cindy Veazey, left, has been named principal of Gulf Shores, Alabama, high school and Kyle McCartney has been named the principal of Gulf Shores, Alabama, middle school.
January 29, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA®) - In a specially called meeting on Jan. 28 the Gulf Shores Board of Education recommended the hiring of Cindy Veazey as principal of Gulf Shores High School and Kyle McCartney as principal for Gulf Shores Middle School.
Both principals were transferred by the Baldwin County Board of Education to the same positions in Orange Beach, effective on Feb. 1 during the board's Jan. 17 meeting.

“We hired Mrs. Veazey and Mr. McCartney,” Gulf Shores Superintendent Dr. Matt Akin said. “We actually approved their hiring and the terms of their contract will be approved at the next meeting.”

Akin said he has received more than 30 applications for the two positions and for Gulf Shores Elementary School.

Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler said the county had received 81 applications for the high school and middle school positions in Orange Beach.

“Kyle and Cindy's experience in the community was a strong determining factor in their selection for the two principal positions at the new Orange Beach Middle/High school,” Tyler said at the time of the transfer. “Both were aware that I was recommending them for these two positions.”

Story was updated at 3:30 p.m. with the information below:

Didn't apply for Orange Beach positions

Gulf Shores School Board President Kevin Corcoran said he was told neither Veazey or McCartney applied for the Orange Beach positions.

“I asked Dr. Akin about both candidates and had they applied for any other principal jobs and the answer was no, they had not applied for any other principal job,” Corcoran said during Monday’s meeting.

According to the Alabama Association of School Boards website, principals have not been tenured in Alabama since July 1, 2000. Since they are contract employees they can be reassigned to another job by the board at any time.

“Several middle school and high school parents told me they were disappointed these two leaders were taken away from 1,300 students for the last four months of the year,” Corcoran added after the meeting. “In an ideal situation, we think they should stay right where they are for the rest of the school year.”

Corcoran said during the application process for Gulf Shores candidates were told they could start as early as March 1 or by the latest on June 1.

“If we encountered a candidate that was in a principal position somewhere and needed to stay there until the end of the school year, we were going to respect that,” Corcoran said.