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June 17th, 2015 — Schools
It’s been nearly three months since Baldwin County voters shot down a proposed property tax increase that would have benefited schools.
Unfortunately, the growth problem hasn’t gone away and the board is establishing a community advisory task force to help chart a path forward.
“That’s part of what the board wants input on is what do people want to pay for education,” Beth Dotson, chair of the Baldwin County Education Coalition (BCEC), said.
via BCPSS to create community advisory task force – FOX10 News | WALA.
June 16th, 2015 — Schools
Anti-tax voters in one of the most conservative counties in one of the most conservative states in the U.S. are expected to show up in strong numbers next March for Alabama’s presidential primary.
It might not bode well for placing the Baldwin County School Board’s property tax referendum renewals on the ballot, a local political consultant said.
via Will putting the Baldwin County school tax vote on ‘Super Tuesday’ ballot hurt or help its chances? | AL.com.
June 12th, 2015 — Schools
On Wednesday, June 10, officials with the Baldwin County Board of Education responded to allegations that they acted inappropriately in the recent school property tax referendum.
Director of Communications with the Baldwin County Schools System Terry Wilhite said, “The state requires that a school district have a minimum tax of 10 mills to participate in the foundation program. Baldwin only collects two mills above the state minimum.”
Wilhite strongly objected to the reporting on this story by the Alabama Political Reporter on Wednesday. “We receive regular news coverage from the Mobile Press-Register, AL.com, three TV stations and four community newspapers. None of them have reported on this “scandal” you refer to. Strange to me that you can uncover something from Montgomery when media who cover this area regularly cannot.”
via Baldwin County School System Defends Actions.
June 9th, 2015 — Fairhope, Schools
Construction crews continue to lay the groundwork for Baldwin County’s first Catholic high school.
Monsignor Michael Farmer is helping to spearhead construction of the new St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope.
He said, “They’re well involved in laying out the ditches, the ponds, in the back for water.”
Msgr. Farmer hopes crews will start laying cement to the foundation for the two story complex in the next couple of weeks.
Here’s the Facebook page for the school:
via Baldwin County’s Catholic high school construction moving forwar – FOX10 News | WALA.
June 6th, 2015 — Schools
If Baldwin County voters once again turn down property tax renewals, as well as the extension of the current penny sales tax, their public school system could face a catastrophe in less than five years.
That was the message of system Chief Financial Officer John Wilson, who presented Baldwin school board members with a financial projection during a special meeting on Thursday evening.
According to Wilson, a single mill of property tax could be worth around $4 million in 2017, compared to about $3.7 million today. And if the current rate of 12 mills which tax payers contribute to the Baldwin County school system is reduced to 10, it could lose $8 million in revenue. That, along with the possible expiration of the penny sales tax, could contribute to a sizable funding deficit in less than two years, Wilson said.
via Baldwin schools CFO: loss of property and penny sales taxes could result in $36 million system deficit | AL.com.
June 6th, 2015 — Schools
The Baldwin County Board of Education has a new president for the first time in more than two years, as Norm Moore stepped down during Thursday’s special meeting in Loxley.
Vice President Shannon Cauley, the board’s District 7 representative, was unanimously elected to replace him.
“I think we are going in a positive direction and I want to continue that,” Cauley said after the meeting.
via Norm Moore out as Baldwin County school board president, Shannon Cauley new leader | AL.com.
June 4th, 2015 — Schools
June 3rd, 2015 — Schools, State News
When it comes time to fill a vacancy on the Alabama Board of Education, Gov. Robert Bentley will have choices on both sides of the recent Baldwin County tax divide.
Baldwin schools tax supporter Terry Burkle, executive director of the Baldwin County Education Coalition, has told Bentley’s staff that she is interested in appointment to the District 1 seat. So too has Matt Brown, who helped lead a campaign that defeated a proposed 8-mill tax increase in March.
At least one other southwest Alabama resident has applied for the appointment. Ernest Scarbrough, who ran an educational software company before selling it in September 2003, said he has sent his résumé to the governor.
via Advocates on both sides of Baldwin school tax divide seek state school board appointment | AL.com.
June 2nd, 2015 — Bay Minette, Schools
Two weeks ago, the future of Bay Minette Elementary School was the focus of what’s been called one of the most productive Baldwin County school board work sessions in recent memory.
And a lot of the credit was given to Superintendent Robbie Owen, who facilitated the much-needed discussion about the school, which has emerged as a top priority with many needs and dwindling funds to address them.
In the days since, many board members said they left the May 21 meeting with a positive feeling, not only about Bay Minette Elementary’s options, but Owen’s leadership as superintendent.
But 12 hours later he announced his resignation
via Will superintendent search cost Bay Minette Elementary its improvements? | AL.com.
June 2nd, 2015 — Schools, Spanish Fort
The Spanish Fort High School Toros Football team are the shining stars of the Eastern Shore city, but today, their city council did not vote in their favor.
Monday, June 1, the Spanish Fort City Council voted against a motion to install an artificial turf on the football field of Spanish Fort High School.
The city’s mayor, Mike McMillan, had proposed the project, noting that it made good business sense for the city.
While the turf would cost taxpayers some $760,000, McMillan said it has a 12 to 14 year life span and a 10 year warranty. Future replacement would be half the cost. He said the turf would end up saving the high school money, that it could use for other necessities.
via Spanish Fort High School Football will not get artificial turf – FOX10 News | WALA.
May 31st, 2015 — Schools
It’s unlikely that the Baldwin County school board will start looking at the man or woman to replace outgoing superintendent Robbie Owen until its June 4 meeting, if then.
After all, there are personnel and financial decisions that need to immediately be addressed going into the summer, and Owen is still a top administrator until at least the end of June, if not July.
But the seven-member board will soon have to name an interim superintendent and, within a few months, a permanent replacement. And while all agree that the interim should be someone from within the school system, where to search for the permanent superintendent could be a decisive issue.
via Baldwin County schools superintendent search: is the absolute best candidate already on the payroll? | AL.com.
May 28th, 2015 — Schools, Spanish Fort
The Spanish Fort City Council hosted a public hearing May 19 on a proposal to spend approximately $769,000 to install artificial turf at the Spanish Fort High School football stadium, an expenditure the council is expected to consider in June. The turf is estimated to last 10 to 15 years, and replacing it would cost an estimated $350,000.
Spanish Fort High School athletic director and head football coach Ben Blackmon admitted the turf would be a big expense up front, but suggested it would save the city money in the future. He said approximately $128,000 has been spent in the last year on expenses related to the football stadium grass. He said an additional $43,000 was spent to repair grass at the high school’s baseball stadium after football teams used it for practice when the football stadium was occupied.
via Artificial turf debate sprouts in Spanish Fort – LagniappeLagniappe.
May 22nd, 2015 — Schools
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.
The moves will create vacancies, effective July 1, for all the top administrative positions.
via Two interim assistant superintendents in Baldwin County also resigning | AL.com.
May 22nd, 2015 — Schools
Email sent to parents and the community from Robbie Owen:
I am writing to inform you of my resignation as superintendent of the Baldwin County Public School System, effective June 30. On July 1, I plan to return to my previous role as the principal of Rockwell Elementary School. While it has been a tremendous honor to serve as superintendent during the past school year, my heart will not allow me to move beyond working directly with children and in a capacity where I feel that I can have the greatest impact on their lives and their families. As the time has approached to make a decision on the course of my future as an educator, I have come to realize a decision made over 30 years ago to work directly with elementary school children is one I am not prepared to call my past. This has become very evident as the school year has drawn to a close and I have attended ceremonies where students have celebrated accomplishments with their parents, families, school families, and friends. There will be those who think my decision is a result of the election and there will be those who may not believe this is my decision, but the truth is it is my decision and I simply miss being the principal of Rockwell Elementary School.
I will be available to work as superintendent throughout the month of June, but have informed the school board that I am prepared to vacate the superintendent’s position earlier if they see that to be in the system’s best interest. It has been a pleasure to work with the school board members, the central office staff, and with all of you! I greatly appreciate the words of encouragement and prayers that have come my way.
May 22nd, 2015 — Bay Minette, Schools
The future of Bay Minette Elementary School was a key topic of discussion during the Baldwin County Board of Education’s work session and regular meeting on Thursday night.
The school – one of the system’s oldest – was scheduled to be replaced had a March 31 property tax referendum been successful. However, voters turned the measure down, leaving the school board dealing with how to move forward at the school.
For the first time since the referendum, they discussed options in-depth, debating the merits of three choices presented by Superintendent Robbie Owen.
via With new Bay Minette Elementary School no longer an option, Baldwin school board discusses options | AL.com.