GULF SHORES, Ala (WKRG) — Progress in negotiations between Baldwin County Public Schools and the City of Gulf Shores as they move forward with plans to start a new city school system next fall.
Both sides are just back from Montgomery where they met with the state school superintendent to hammer out some of the details of the split. The first item up, attendance.
All school-age kids inside the city limits of Gulf Shores will go to Gulf Shores schools with two exceptions. Next year’s juniors and seniors will remain in the Gulf Shores system regardless of where they live and 10th graders will have a choice, whether to attend the city system or stay with Baldwin County Public Schools.
“No surprises as far as attendance,” said county superintendent Eddie Tyler. “He (Mackey) looked at both sides and weighed all the evidence. His proposal has moved forward and we are comfortable with it.”
“There’s a 10-day working day time limit to respond to Dr. Mackey’s proposal,” says Gulf Shores School Superintendent Matt Akin. “Our board is prepared to move forward immediately.”
Four other items were also discussed but no action taken on; personnel, taxes, start dates and start-up expenses. “There’s a lot left to do,” said Tyler. “A whole lot left to do. I don’t want to make it seem like wow, we’ve got the attendance taken care of and now it’s clear sailing. You’ve got transportation issues, you’ve got facility issues.”
Gulf Shores School Board President Kevin Corcoran sees no reason to delay the separation. “We don’t see why every final determination couldn’t happen in the very near future. It’s going to require the cooperation of all three parties but we’re ready, willing and able to discuss it tomorrow if necessary.”
State School Superintendent Eric Mackey wanted to have the attendance issue decided before the Christmas break. Once a formal letter is received from the state, both school boards will have ten days to look it over and vote it up or down.