Baldwin County

No superintendent, no negotiations in Gulf Shores, Baldwin County school split

WKRG - A meeting to discuss the city of Gulf Shores splitting from the Baldwin County Public School System hit a roadblock Thursday as the two sides met for the first time.

"We feel like we need a superintendent in order to negotiate," says Baldwin County school superintendent Eddie Tyler.  

Gulf Shores City School Board President Kevin Corcoran disagrees, "We have precedent to suggest that is not the case.  We are going to keep moving forward, continue to talk about the things we agree on."

The start date of the new school system is another point of contention. Gulf Shores wants to start classes in August 2018, Tyler says that's a stretch.  A new middle/high school in Orange Beach won't be ready to open until a year later adding another hurdle for students and parents and adding to the uncertainty of teachers and staff already anxious about tenure, job security and benefits.

More discussions are planned for next week. Those meetings will be held behind closed doors as the two sides try to move forward with the first split from the county school system in Baldwin County.





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