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Closed sessions are OK, says Gulf Shores’ school board attorney | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

January 13, 2018

Much of the organizational work for the new Gulf Shores City School District has taken place behind closed doors.

The Gulf Shores City Schools Board of Education has met twice in official executive session since its members were appointed Nov. 27, according to the board’s attorney, Bob Campbell, once to discuss legal strategy and the second to discuss the appointment of an education consultant to the team that will negotiate its split from the Baldwin County Public Schools system.

via Closed sessions are OK, says Gulf Shores’ school board attorney | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Fairhope Education Enrichment Foundation plans for K-12 STEAM ce – FOX10 News | WALA

January 10, 2018

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Imagine actually being a part of your classroom with nothing but hands on learning. That’s the kind of learning experience Vice President Ashley Gordon says the Fairhope Education Enrichment Foundation is trying to create for thousands of students in Baldwin County.

via Fairhope Education Enrichment Foundation plans for K-12 STEAM ce – FOX10 News | WALA.

Orange Beach resident selected for Baldwin County District 5 school board seat | Orange Beach

January 06, 2018

Veteran educator and Realtor Norma Lynch from Orange Beach has been selected as the new District 5 board member to fill the unexpired term of a board position left vacant with a recent resignation, according to an announcement by the Baldwin County Board of Education on Thursday, Jan. 4. In addition to being a successful real estate agent, she has been a principal, assistant principal, community schools coordinator and teacher.

via Orange Beach resident selected for Baldwin County District 5 school board seat | Orange Beach.

Citizen support key to city school decisions | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

January 06, 2018

By Jane Nicholes

Over the last couple of decades, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Daphne and Fairhope have considered breaking away from the Baldwin County Public Schools System. The municipalities usually were motivated by perceived dissatisfaction with the allocation of resources by the county system.

The need for tax increases, a lack of support from citizens, logistics and improved communication and response from the Baldwin County system contributed to the demise of these movements. Then, late last year, Gulf Shores actually committed to forming its own system. Soon after, Daphne backed away from the idea as its City Council voted against paying for the second part of a feasibility study.

via Citizen support key to city school decisions | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Daphne Elementary P.E. teacher termination hearing scheduled Jan – FOX10 News | WALA

January 05, 2018

The investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior between a Daphne Elementary P.E. Teacher William Davis and a second-grade student is still very much alive. That’s what Baldwin County Assistant District Attorney Matt Simpson told the Baldwin County School Board Thursday night.

via Daphne Elementary P.E. teacher termination hearing scheduled Jan – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin county school board selects new member | WPMI

January 05, 2018

Veteran educator and realtor Norma Lynch from Orange Beach has been selected as the new District 5 board member to fill the unexpired term of a board position left vacant with a recent resignation. In addition to being a successful real estate agent, she has been a principal, assistant principal, community schools coordinator and teacher.

via Baldwin county school board selects new member | WPMI.

Orange Beach Public Library Winter Program

January 04, 2018

The Orange Beach Public Library will be hosting a series of presentations every Thursday in January and February. These presentations are open to the public, and are free of charge, with the exception of the Peter Fletcher Concert on February 8th. Tickets to this event are $7.00, and will be available for purchase at the Orange Beach Public Library.

via Orange Beach Public Library Winter Program.

How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing and Thaw Frozen Pipes | Today’s Homeowner

January 04, 2018

Winter has arrived, and that means bundling up to try to keep warm. You might not realize it, but the pipes on your house need protection from the cold as well if the mercury drops down into the 20s F.

Here are some tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing and some tips on how to thaw them out safely if they do.

via How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing and Thaw Frozen Pipes | Today’s Homeowner.

With frigid forecast ahead, Baldwin County schools announced ‘flexibility’ in dress code policy | AL.com

January 02, 2018

In anticipation of a frigid return for students on Wednesday, a south Alabama school district has announced it will be flexible on enforcement of the dress code.

“Record cold temperatures are expected this week,” said Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler in a news release. “Due to this forecast, I am requesting flexibility in regard to our uniform dress code. This request pertains not only to coats and jackets but to all uniform attire.”

via With frigid forecast ahead, Baldwin County schools announced ‘flexibility’ in dress code policy | AL.com.

Bill could speed up firing of Alabama teachers charged with sex crimes | WPMI

December 27, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBMA) — Lawmakers pre-filed a bill that would facilitate quicker termination of Alabama teachers who are charged with sex crimes against students.

According to the bill’s sponsors, Alabama currently has two conflicting laws that have created a loophole for teachers charged with sex crimes that lets them put off termination hearings and collect paychecks (from taxpayers) in the meantime.

via Bill could speed up firing of Alabama teachers charged with sex crimes | WPMI.

Troy QB Brandon Silvers set to play in 2018 Senior Bowl

December 24, 2017

Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers has accepted an invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl, it was announced Thursday.

Silvers, an Orange Beach native who played high school football at Gulf Shores, becomes the sixth quarterback in this year’s game. He joins Virginia’s Kurt Benkert, Washington State’s Luke Falk, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta and Western Kentucky’s Mike White and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph as those confirmed for the Senior Bowl, which takes place Jan. 27 at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

via Troy QB Brandon Silvers set to play in 2018 Senior Bowl.

Registration for Spring BOW Workshop Opens January 3 | Outdoor Alabama

December 23, 2017

Registration for the next Alabama Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop opens on January 3 for first-time attendees and January 8 for both first-timers and those who have previously attended. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) sponsored event takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, Ala., on March 2-4, 2018.

BOW is a three-day workshop designed for women ages 18 years or older who would like to learn new outdoor skills. The workshop offers hands-on instruction in a fun, outdoor learning environment. Participants choose from courses such as rifle, pistol, archery, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and many more. Two new courses will be offered this spring – wildlife identification and predator and prey.

via Registration for Spring BOW Workshop Opens January 3 | Outdoor Alabama.

Investigator: No evidence of child abuse by Daphne school teacher | AL.com

December 21, 2017

An official with the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office has a very clear message following reports that a Daphne Elementary School P.E. teacher is being investigated for child sexual abuse.

“At this point, we don’t have any information that points to a crime occurring,” says Matt Simpson, a prosecutor with the DA’s office who oversees investigations into child sex crimes.

via Investigator: No evidence of child abuse by Daphne school teacher | AL.com.

Baldwin Co. DA: Not Enough Evidence to Charge Daphne Elementary Employee | WKRG

December 20, 2017

DAPHNE, Ala. (WKRG)- The Baldwin County District Attorney’s office is speaking about what police call a child sex abuse investigation at Daphne Elementary School.

The District Attorney’s office tells News 5 the employee, who’s name we aren’t releasing since he hasn’t been terminated or arrested, hasn’t been charged because the evidence isn’t there.

Baldwin County Child Sex Crimes Prosecutor Matt Simpson tells us they’ve been working hard on this case from the beginning, “As far as I’m aware at this point, there has been no evidence of a crime occurring. There’s been no criminal act that has occurred for anything that we found evidence of,” said Simpson.

via Baldwin Co. DA: Not Enough Evidence to Charge Daphne Elementary Employee | WKRG.

Police investigating abuse allegation at Daphne Elementary | AL.com

December 20, 2017

Baldwin County Schools responded tonight to a statement from the Daphne Police Department regarding an abuse investigation at Daphne Elementary.

Police said today they are investigating a report of abuse at Daphne Elementary. The alleged abuse was reported by a “concerned parent,” said Capt. Judson Beedy with Daphne police.

via Police investigating abuse allegation at Daphne Elementary | AL.com.

Police investigating possible child sex abuse case at Daphne Ele – FOX10 News | WALA

December 19, 2017

Daphne Police are investigating a case of possible child sex abuse.

According to parents, the person under investigation for the alleged crime could be an employee at Daphne Elementary School.

A parent has even confronted the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) about the allegations.

via Police investigating possible child sex abuse case at Daphne Ele – FOX10 News | WALA.

Archie Manning’s game-week text message ‘means a lot’ to Troy QB Brandon Silvers | NOLA.com

December 17, 2017

Brandon Silvers came into the New Orleans Bowl knowing he had the attention of a former Saints legend.

And, after throwing four touchdown passes and rushing for another score in a 50-30 victory against North Texas, the Troy senior walked off the field knowing he made a good impression.

Archie Manning, just as he did after Silvers spearheaded Troy’s upset of LSU inside Tiger Stadium back in September, sent the college quarterback a text message during the week to wish him well during the upcoming game.

via Archie Manning’s game-week text message ‘means a lot’ to Troy QB Brandon Silvers | NOLA.com.

Baldwin County schools Superintendent and voters react to tax re – FOX10 News | WALA

December 14, 2017

Baldwin County voters have passed a one mill property tax renewal Tuesday, December, 12, 2017.  The “Yes” vote ensures that Baldwin County schools will continue to receive $4.5 million dollars in funding annually.

While it may not have been the tax renewal on the ballot that drove Baldwin County voters to the polls in record numbers, the majority who went sent a strong message.  The renewal passed handily, allowing Baldwin County school leaders to breathe a sigh of relief.

via Baldwin County schools Superintendent and voters react to tax re – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin Superintendent Thanks Community for Yes Vote | WKRG

December 14, 2017

Voters overwhelmingly renew a property tax to help fund schools in Baldwin County.  In the carline at Bay Minette Elementary School this morning, you’d be hard-pressed to find a parent who didn’t vote yes on the one mill Tuesday.

“I’m a teacher as well as a mother and it’s important we do have that vote,” said April after dropping a child off.  It’s a sentiment echoed in other cars.

via Baldwin Superintendent Thanks Community for Yes Vote | WKRG.

Baldwin County votes to renew 1 mill school tax – Lagniappe Mobile

December 13, 2017

By John Mullen

Baldwin County voted to renew a controversial 1-mill tax to keep school funding at 12 mills of property taxes to fund the county system. Gulf Shores’ new school system will receive a per-student portion of this tax as well.

“This vote was about our efforts to restore confidence and this vote shows great confidence in Baldwin County Public Schools,” Superintendent Eddie Tyler said. “That is a direct result of our teachers and employees who showed over the past few years how committed we are to making Baldwin better, even through tough times. I am so proud of them.”

via Baldwin County votes to renew 1 mill school tax – Lagniappe Mobile.

One Mil tax on Baldwin ballot | WPMI

December 12, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — As part of tomorrow’s special senate election, Baldwin County voters are being asked to vote “yes or no” to renewing a one mil property tax.

On the day before the election some argue this is not a renewal. The school systems stands to lose more than $4 million if the tax is not renewed by voters. Those who oppose the tax are calling it a new tax.

via One Mil tax on Baldwin ballot | WPMI.

Marietta Johnson Organic School could face closure | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

December 12, 2017

The Marietta Johnson School for Organic Education could face closure this week.

Issues between school leadership and the board of trustees for the endowment that helps fund the school are at the center of a dispute, which includes questions about alleged misuse of funds.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the board of trustees for the endowment will meet to discuss whether funds will be dispersed to the school.

via Marietta Johnson Organic School could face closure | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Baldwin Voters Will Also Vote on Property Tax Renewal Tuesday | WKRG

December 12, 2017

(WKRG) — When voters head to the polls in Baldwin County they will once again have the chance to vote on funding for the Baldwin County School System. “We’re not asking for anything new, this one mill has been on the books since Moby Dick was a minnow.”

The one mill property tax renewal would provide about four and a half million dollars. “It’s not salaries, it’s not in our construction program. This is to continue the normal day to day operational expenses that it takes to run the third largest system in the state of Alabama,” says superintendent Eddie Tyler.

via Baldwin Voters Will Also Vote on Property Tax Renewal Tuesday | WKRG.

Swiger resigns from Baldwin Co. school board ahead of negotiations | WPMI

December 07, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — New uncertainty about Baldwin County schools after a board member resigned. Angie Swiger stepped down just as negotiations gear up to separate Gulf Shores from the Baldwin County system.

Board members say Swiger’s resignation came as a complete surprise, but now that that’s happened there’s a lot of work to be done. “The entire board and the folks there. There seemed to be some shock in the room that that had occurred but there’s a process,” said School Board President Cecil Cristenberry.

via Swiger resigns from Baldwin Co. school board ahead of negotiations | WPMI.

Swiger resigns from Baldwin County School Board | AL.com

December 06, 2017

After nine years of service, Angie Swiger has resigned from the Baldwin County Board of Education. Swiger, who lives in Gulf Shores, served as the District 5 board member, which represents the areas of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Elberta and Bon Secour.

The board of education announced her resignation in an email sent just after 6 p.m. tonight.

via Swiger resigns from Baldwin County School Board | AL.com.

Traveling Smithsonian exhibit opens at 5 Rivers Delta Resource C – FOX10 News | WALA

December 04, 2017

SPANISH FORT, AL (WALA) - A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian will spend the next few weeks in the Mobile River Delta.

The Water/Ways Exhibition takes a look at water’s essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically. In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol.

via Traveling Smithsonian exhibit opens at 5 Rivers Delta Resource C – FOX10 News | WALA.

Authors to sign copies of O.B. history books on Dec. 2 & 9 – Mullet Wrapper

November 30, 2017

Just in time for Christmas, Orange Beach historian Margaret Childress Long will sign copies of her two books, “The Best Place to Be – The Story of Orange Beach, Alabama” and “Orange Beach, Alabama – A Pictorial History’’ at St. Charles Cards & Gifts on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m. and The Emporium on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m. Co-author, Michael D. Shipler, (pictured with Long) will also be at the signings.

via Authors to sign copies of O.B. history books on Dec. 2 & 9 – Mullet Wrapper.

Gulf Shores appoints five to fledgling city school board – Lagniappe Mobile

November 29, 2017

BY JOHN MULLEN

The city continued on its fast track to getting a school system up and running by next year by naming the five citizens who’ll serve on the Gulf Shores school board at Monday’s council meeting.

“We are ecstatic to have this group of extremely qualified residents who will now be empowered to make local education decisions based on the needs and desires of our community,” Mayor Robert Craft said. “It was a difficult process, but we have wonderful people signed up for it.”

via Gulf Shores appoints five to fledgling city school board – Lagniappe Mobile.

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