Baldwin County, Gulf Shores reach agreement on school split

Baldwin County

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — The Baldwin County Board of Education has reached an agreement with the newly formed Gulf Shores City School District.

A news conference will be held Thursday afternoon to reveal the details of the agreement.

In February, the Baldwin County Board of Education filed a lawsuit against the new school district over funding.

The board took issue with the $7 million that the county was required to pay to Gulf Shores.

Below are the agreement terms sent to us separately by each of the school boards.

From the Baldwin County Board of Education:

•    The county will keep all taxes until October 1, 2019 and pay no startup cost.
•    The county will fulfill its contractual obligations with all employees
•    The city will be responsible for all their payroll obligations at the beginning of the next contract period, no later than September 1, 2019.
•    The city’s debt payment to the county will be waived until June of 2024.
•    Both systems will be responsible for transporting their respective students.
•    The city will be responsible for employing teachers assigned to city schools with the 
understanding that the two systems would work together to resolve any surplus personnel situations fairly and equitably.

From the Gulf Shores City School District

● The County will continue to pay all existing debt obligations associated with Gulf Shores Schools until December1, 2024 – estimated at $2.85 million

● The County will receive all countywide sales taxes until October 1, 2019 – estimated at $1.8 million

● The County will pay all payroll obligations for positions assigned to Gulf Shores Schools through the end of the currentcontract period, not later than until September 1, 2019

● Both systems will transport their respective students

● Both systems agree to cooperate to resolve any personnel matters fairly and equitably

● All equipment, materials, supplies, and other personalproperty will remain in Gulf Shores Schools

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