P O Drawer 5050
Gulf Shores, Alabama 36547
Mission Statement: To assist in providing superior educational opportunities in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach public schools.
The "Build Baldwin Now " initiative failed. Not only did any new funding get approved, the voters actually voted to remove funding that was already in place. When those measures expire, millions of dollars that have been used for years to operate our schools will disappear. It is hard to believe that our citizens actually intended to take funding away from an already underfunded system, but the results were plain.
In the wake of this devastating loss, the "Community Education Advisory Task Force" was formed during the Summer of 2015. This group of 26 was charged with creating forward thinking ideas to help benefit the school system. The result of thousands of volunteer hours was a 71 page comprehensive report that accomplished this goal. It is excellent reading and is available by clicking here or the link below. Also produced were several "Chalkboard Chats", that offer great insights into the issues facing our system and how the suggested changes can effect positive results. (You must have a Facebook account to view these impressive shorts.)
Then in March 2016, the "renewals" millage vote was back on the ballot. Voters had two funding "renewals' to consider; one for 3 mills of property tax to be restored, and one for 1 mill of property tax to be restored. Due to a constitutional law, the 1 mill measure needed a margin of 60 percent plus one vote to pass, instead of the usual 50 percent plus 1 vote. The 3 mill vote passed easily, however the 1 mill vote failed by less than 200 votes. This was very disappointing, as again it constituted a rejection to fund our schools at the level they've been for many decades. This will result in a shortage of approximately 4 million dollars annually.
The next issue is the "penny tax" which is scheduled to "sunset" in 2018. If this measure is not renewed or replaced, the system stands to lose 40 million dollars for operations. There is no doubt that our system will collapse if this is not renewed, or an alternate funding source is not secured. How then will the children of Baldwin County be educated? Ladies and Gentlemen, we need your help, not your criticism.
School overcrowding remains at a crisis level . We will be reaching out again for help and we hope that our next efforts will be better understood and supported. For those that supported the measures, thank you. For those that did not, we need your help to come up with solutions to this crisis. If you've a better idea to solve these problems we welcome your plan.
Shrimp Festival Golf Tournament for Education
History of the Foundation
Board of Directors
2016 CBEE Scholarship Application
Classroom Financial Grant Application
Digital Renaissance in Baldwin County
Contact Kelly Kendall - Current Chairman, Board of Directors
Phone 251-752-5067 or Email
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Volunteers from every community in Baldwin County worked together through the Baldwin County Education Coalition to build on the momentum and interest of the Vote Yes campaign. Over 1500 participants shared their thoughts and opinions in order to shape the future of education in Baldwin County. To them we say thank you!
The Coalition’s goals are to –
· Create a compelling vision for the future of our community and schools
Take an outside-in approach to making quality education the central public concern for Baldwin County;
Collect the voices of citizens across the county to articulate common expectations;
Provide the mechanism to ensure ongoing transparency and community involvement;
Keep the focus of our advocacy and policy work on children, not adults.
Our Foundation serves the schools of Pleasure Island (Gulf Shores/Orange Beach)
Visit our school websites to learn more by clicking on the pictures below.
Gulf Shores Elementary Gulf Shores Middle School
Gulf Shores High School Orange Beach Elementary
Baldwin County Board of Education