Week 15 - preparing for the new Orange Beach SchoolSept. 28, 2018: Update from Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler and staff:

October 1, 2018 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler, along with his administrative staff, provided the following information about the new Orange Beach Middle/High School. District 5 Baldwin County School Board member Norma Lynch, who represents Orange Beach, as well as Mayor Tony Kennon and Council member Annette Mitchell share thoughts on the new school as well.

 

Building construction bid deadline set for October 18th

Superintendent Eddie Tyler said a pre-bid meeting for contractors will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd. The bidding deadline was adjusted to Thursday, October 18th at the request of interested contractors. The Baldwin County Board of Education also has a meeting scheduled for October 18th. Tyler said he hopes to have the winning bid on the October 18th agenda and approved that night.  

Middle School students on second floor; high school students on first floor

Superintendent Tyler provided the following rundown of the new school:

  • The school will cover 130,000 square feet
  • The middle school classrooms will be on the second floor and the high school will be on the first floor.
  • There will be 28 classrooms.
  • 2 special needs classrooms
  • 2 middle school science labs
  • 1 FACS (Families and Consumers Sciences) lab
  • 4 high school science labs
  • 1 Drivers Education lab
  • Choral Room
  • Band Room for 100 students
  • Competition gym will seat 736
  • Performing Arts will seat 700 (Funded by the City of Orange Beach)
  • Indoor dining cafeteria will seat 300
  • An outside pavilion/dining area will seat 300.

“It’s a beautiful site,” Superintendent Tyler said. “There’s a lot of talk around the state when I go to meetings about different things about the look of the building and the excitement, so we’re just going to keep that up.”

Two principals planned

Superintendent Tyler said he hoping to advertise this fall for a middle school principal and a high school principal.

“I could go in with just one but I want two to start with,” Tyler said. “I hope to get it to the board to where I can get them approved and get them up and running - whoever it is. It might be somebody from in the system, it might be somebody from outside the system and then create a satellite office to where they can be put to start building a curriculum, can start interviewing personnel and things of that nature.”

School board member Norma Lynch said having a school administrator is the key to getting everything started.

“For me and Mr. Tyler - and I have had this discussion since before I went on the board – the administrator, that instructional leader, is key and when they’re good they find and place the best people where they need to be and keep them there because they want to be there because it’s a great place to work. And I have to tell you since January … we’ve made administrative decisions and I said to him: 'You won’t ever get me to vote yes for a principal that I can’t look at what you’re giving me and feel good about doing it because that to me is the most important position in the building.' And the first one he brought to me, I went to him when the meeting was over and I said, 'I read the resumes and the recommendation letters and the past experience of this person and you picked an incredible person for that position.' I was thrilled to be able to vote for them. I felt that way about every administrator that he’s brought to us.”

“I hold administrators to a high level of expectation and if you’re not cutting it, you need to go. You know if you’re not out there hiring good teachers and expecting excellence in that building, you need to go. And so I know when he goes out to look for this position … I trust that he’s going to look for the best and bring the best to the board.”

Mayor Kennon and City Council member Mitchell said the city will fully support the new school in any way that it can. Tyler said he welcomed the partnership, which began with the city donating the property for the new school.