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Vol. 5, Issue 32

Orange Beach City Schools breaks ground on elementary school expansion

Congratulations to Orange Beach City Schools on the groundbreaking for the new $6 million addition to Orange Beach Elementary School. Superintendent Randy Wilkes led the ceremony on the morning of Thursday, August 4th, starting in the elementary school gymnasium. 

The new 18,000-square-foot wing will include a “cafetorium” with a stage and a media/library room. Once the new addition is complete, a second phase of the project will include converting the current library to three classrooms and converting the current cafeteria into five classrooms and a breakroom. The project was designed by McKee and Associates Architects, Inc. Bayshore Construction is handling the project. 

Superintendent Randy Wilkes said it’s an exciting time and with the number of students expected to continue to grow, other future expansions are on the horizon. 

Wilkes said the new library will be state of the art. “The library should be the hub of our school,” he said. “It all starts there with reading and I can’t think of a better way to break some ground than for new facilities like this.”

School Board President Robert Stuart thanked Mayor Tony Kennon and the City Council for its commitment to education in Orange Beach. With all of the elementary school teachers in attendance, he took the opportunity to thank them. 

“There are very few people that walk around that affect a life more than a teacher,” Stuart said. 

He also thanked his fellow school board members. “When you do a school system in 90 days, you know there are things that pop up,” he said. “There are things that happen. Things that we expected and things that we didn’t expect. But through it all the board, the men and women who make up the Orange Beach School Board, I cannot say enough about. Thank y’all. Thank you, very much.”

Stuart said as the system continues to grow and the more successful it becomes, more issues will crop up, but he asked for "a little patience" because there is a plan. “I’ve been trying to tell parents who have been contacting me,” he said. “I said, ‘Look, don’t expect a perfect opening.’ There wasn’t a perfect opening when we were a county school, right? But we’re going to be real close to it. So if you have any issue, I just ask that you go through the proper channels to get those issues solved, whether it be a student issue, a parent issue, any issue you might have, go through the proper channels and we’re going to do the best that we can to solve that issue. I’m excited. I’m proud to be a Mako. Go Makos!”

Before heading outside to toss some ceremonial dirt, Mayor Kennon thanked the school administrators, staff and teachers because they are the backbone of any capital investments the city and school system make. 

“I love the addition and we’re going to rock and roll on whatever additions we need to do because we’re going to be so great we deserve it, y’all deserve it; but that stuff, those buildings, mean absolutely nothing, they’re there because of you. You’re the capital that needs to be invested in. We’re going to invest in buildings but you are what matters. And I think every one of us has committed to the human capital being the number one priority, the number one concern for every one of us because to be great, it’s about y’all. And I don’t want to beleaguer that point but every time I get an opportunity in the public to talk about our school system, I’m going to talk about our staff and administration and the difference y’all make in lives. And I’m just telling you, Nick Saban would be proud of this team, and the skies the limit. I know y’all know the skies the limit and you have been unleashed to be the best you can be. And I’m there, the council’s there, we’re all there to give you what you need to make that happen. I give you my word. So thank you.” 

The new addition is expected to be complete in May 2023 with phase two to follow.

Latest News
Planning Commission to meet August 8

The Orange Beach Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Monday, August 8th for its regular meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Find the agenda for the August 8th Planning Commission meeting on the City Website.


Believe it or not, the first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 10th. The city wishes all students, teachers, administrators and staff a great school year - the first-ever as Orange Beach City Schools… Go Makos! 

Orange Beach City Schools 2022-23 school calendar


As school starts, all motorists are urged to give themselves more time on Canal Road during the start and end of the school day, 7:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. for Orange Beach Elementary, and 8:15 a.m. and 3:23 p.m for Orange Beach Middle/High School. Please plan ahead!


The community is invited to celebrate the start of a new school year with Orange Beach City Schools at Makos on Main on Monday, August 8th from 6-8 p.m. on Main Street at The Wharf.



Mark your calendars to cheer on the Mako Football Team!

2022 Orange Beach High School Football Schedule:
  • Friday, August 19th – Pensacola (Away)
  • Friday, August 26th – Open
  • Friday, September 2nd – Jackson (Home)
  • Friday, September 9th – Satsuma (Away)
  • Friday, September 16th – T.R. Miller (Home)
  • Friday, September 23rd - McIntosh (Home)
  • Thursday, September 29th – St. Michael (Away)
  • Friday, October 7th – Bayside Academy (Away)
  • Friday, October 14th – Wilcox Central (Home)
  • Friday, October 21st – Escambia County (Home)
  • Thursday, October 27th – Fruitdale (Home)
Go Makos!

Welcome, Coach Young

Mako Nation introduced new head volleyball coach Sunne Young this week!



Congratulations, Chris Pearson! 


Orange Beach City Board of Education 

Upcoming scheduled meetings and/or work sessions:
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022, 4:30 P.M. Work Session followed by 5:30 P.M. Regular Meeting in Council Chambers
For additional meeting information, go to

Find all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 

Fall Youth Sports registration open til August 15th


Late registration for Fall 2022 Orange Beach youth soccer 5U-14U is open to August 15th. 

Find details and registration links on the City Website at


Late registration for Fall 2022 12U Orange Beach Contact Football is open through August 15th to all children ages 9-12 who reside in Orange Beach and those who attend Orange Beach Elementary School. The registration fee is $80. (Please note that the roster for 10U Contact Football is full.)

Find details and a registration link on the City Website at


Orange Beach Youth Cheerleading is open to all students, ages 9-12, who attend Orange Beach City Schools or are residents of Orange Beach. Registration is open to August 15th with a $100 fee. 

**Please note: Girls can still play soccer while participating in cheerleading.**

Find details and a registration link on the City Website at


For more information, contact John McIntosh at or 251-200-8155.

Get your tickets for 3rd Annual MAAAC Gala on August 13 

The Orange Beach Makos Academics, Arts, and Athletics Club will host its 3rd Annual MAAAC Gala in the Grand Ballroom of Perdido Beach Resort on Saturday, August 13th at 6 p.m. 

It will be a fun-filled party to remember as MAAAC kicks off its fundraising for the year in support of Orange Beach schools. Attendees will enjoy the luxury resort atmosphere, exquisite dining, cash bar, music, dancing, and a silent auction. The doors to the Ballroom Foyer will open at 6 p.m. with the silent auction available for all guests to bid on throughout the evening. 

This spectacular night of fun and fundraising will celebrate the new Orange Beach City School Board, Superintendent Randy Wilkes, and school staff while thanking all in the community that have supported the MAAAC over the past year.

Tickets: Single Admission — $125 | Group Admission* — $1,500 (*Group Admission includes a table reservation with 12 seats.) Purchase tickets at

For sponsorship information, email or visit



That’s how many of you signed up for our Summer Reading Program this year! (That’s 104 more than last year!)

Check out these pictures to see how much y’all used the library this year!"

Please be aware that the Baldwin County bulk recycling bin on the Orange Beach Recreation Center campus has been moved to Walker Lane, near the Expect Excellence Music Department building, formerly Camp Sunshine. Find more information on the City Website at

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