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Vol. 2, Issue 5

School meeting well attended on heels of principal news

Mayor Tony Kennon hosted a school information meeting on Tuesday, January 29th at the Orange Beach Community Center with Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler and his key staff.

Tyler explained to Orange Beach parents and the general public, numbering upwards of 150, about the reality of 24 hours earlier when Gulf Shores High School Principal Cindy Veazey and Gulf Shores Middle School Principal Kyle McCartney informed him they decided to leave the Baldwin County school system and join the new Gulf Shores city school system. The news was surprising as Veazey and McCartney were slated to be the new principals of Orange Beach High School and Orange Beach Middle School, respectively, on February 1st. Tyler said he would now dive back into the roughly 100 applications he received for the principal positions with the aim of having a recommendation in front of the Baldwin County Board of Education at its Feb. 21st meeting. Veazey and McCartney were expected to give their official resignation letters to Tyler by week's end. 

After 43 years of being an educator/administrator, Tyler said, “I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when I got those calls last night.”

He said there is “no excuse for what is going on.”

In his presentation, Tyler showed the language in a proposal that was written by Gulf Shores City Schools as part of the split agreement and submitted to Alabama State Superintendent Ed Mackey. It reads in part, “Any employment contract involving principals employed as of the date of this agreement shall be honored by the county board consistent with all of the terms and conditions in said contracts. The city board shall be responsible to select and contract with its own principals.”

“To jump on top of that,” Tyler said, “We sat in Montgomery with Dr. Mackey right before Christmas. Gulf Shores and their attorneys on one side and myself and some of our folks on the other side. The conversation of principals came up. Dr. Mackey said, ‘What about contract principals? … What do you want to do?’ … Gulf Shores said, ‘They [the county] can have the principals.’ I said, ‘We’ll take them.’”

Mayor Kennon said the current situation would not have happened if the roles were reversed. He said a “Meet the Parents” night was already being planned for the new principals.  

“It reveals more of their character than missteps on our part,” Kennon said.  

Despite the unexpected changes this week, Tyler expressed his steadfast excitement for the new school and the majority of the meeting focused on the county's committment to students in Orange Beach schools with the full support of the city. The 130,000-square-foot Orange Beach Middle/High School on Canal Road is scheduled to officially open in Fall of 2020. For the coming 2019-2020 school year, the superintendent revealed plans for the temporary "portable village" that will be a new enclosed modular design that will have hallways and bathrooms. There will be two modular layouts with a seventh and eighth grade building next to the Orange Beach Elementary School, and across the street - on the current green space - a building will be set up for ninth and 10th grade. The building will be fenced and secure and Mayor Kennon said School Resource Officers will be on site. Parents were pleased with the design, which is shown below. 

See photos and additional information from Tuesday's presentation at 
https://www.orangebeachal.gov/news/orange-beach-high-school.

Latest News
City Council to meet February 5th

The Orange Beach City Council will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 5th, followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting. View the agenda for the Feb. 5 council meeting on the City Website.

Winter Lecture Series 

With snowbird season in full swing, don't miss a chance to experience the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Welcome Centers' winter lecture series, which runs through end of February. City Administrator Ken Grimes spoke to a large group on Wednesday about the latest happenings in Orange Beach. See the lecture series schedule.

Marker dedication rescheduled to Feb. 5th

The public is invited to the rescheduled historical marker unveiling ceremony at 2 p.m. THIS TUESDAY, February 5th on Bay Circle.  All are welcome to attend the ceremony at the corner of Bay Circle and Canal Road, near Orange Beach Waterfront Park. The plaque will highlight the historical significance of the Bay Circle area on the southern shores of Wolf Bay that was the original "downtown" of Orange Beach. Read more.

17th Annual Polar Bear Classic

The Annual Polar Bear Classic for Junior USTA players returns to the Orange Beach Tennis Center February 22nd-24th. Find more information and register at tennislink.usta.com.

Community Potluck 

The Monthly Community Potluck will be held on Monday, February 4th at the Orange Beach Community Center, featuring a divemaster. Mark Bollinger will narrate video of the latest big boat that was recently sunk as well as the new snorkel beds recently installed near Orange Beach. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30. Everyone is invited; just bring a dish to share.

Free AARP Tax Service at Senior Center

AARP is once again offering free tax preparations at the Orange Beach Adult/Senior Activity Center on Tuesdays and Fridays, February 1st through April 12th.  Appointments are required and appointment times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m. 11 a.m and noon. Call 251-981-3440 to schedule an appointment. 

Youth Baseball/Softball registration ends Sunday

Registration for Orange Beach youth baseball and softball is open until THIS SUNDAY, February 3rd. Registration details, by age, are as follows:

  • TINY T-BALL - Age 4 on May 1st, 2019 - $70 Registration Fee
  • T-BALL - Ages 5-6 on May 1st, 2019 - $70 Registration Fee
  • BASEBALL - Ages 7-14 on May 1st, 2019 - $80 Registration Fee
  • SOFTBALL  - Ages 7-16 on December 31st, 2018 - $80 Registration Fee

Register online at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/parks-recreation/youth-sports.

Wildlife Symposium returns Feb. 12-14

Calling all wildlife veterinarians, veterinarian techs, and rehabbers: join the Orange Beach Wildlife Center for the 4th Annual Gulf Coast Wildlife Symposium on Feb. 12th-14th at the Orange Beach Event Center. Find registration information for the Wildlife Symposium on the City Website.

Baldwin Pops to perform Feb. 7th at Event Center

The Baldwin Pops Band will present John Allen Memorial Scholarship concert on Thursday, February 7th at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. The free concert starts at 7 p.m. The Baldwin Pops Band sponsors an annual scholarship contest for high school seniors from Baldwin County who plan to continue their musical involvement in college. For details, visit baldwinpops.com or call 251-987-5757.

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