Baldwin County Board of Education
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|Baldwin County Board of Education|
|Type and location|
|Location||Bay Minette, Alabama|
|Superintendent||Dr. Alan T. Lee|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Students and staff|
|Student Teacher Ratio||13:1|
The Baldwin County Board of Education oversees all public schools in Baldwin County, Alabama, and is based in Bay Minette, Alabama. The Board serves most of the county including both suburban and rural areas. It is the only public school systems in the county. Almost 30,000 students are within the supervision of the Board. 3,200 employees including 2,100 classroom teachers, serve the students at 45 campuses. The Board spends $8,900 per student in 2012. Baldwin County ranks 92nd out of 132 school systems in local tax revenue garnered for schools yet it ranks among the very top in academic performance in Alabama and among the top in the nation. In 2012 the average student/teacher ratio across all schools in the system was 24:1
The board is composed of seven members elected within districts throughout the county. The Superintendent of Education is appointed by the board and is not a member of it.
- David Cox, District 1
- David Tarwater, District 2
- Elmer McDaniel, District 3
- Norman Moore, District 4, Board President
- Angie Swiger, District 5,
- Robert Callahan, Jr. District 6, Board Vice President
- Shannon Cauley, District 7,
The Baldwin County Superintendent of Education is Dr. Alan T. Lee who previously served as superintendent of Washington County Schools in Abingdon, Virginia, which had an enrollment of about 7,500 students.
The 2013-2014 budget is $305 million.Economic difficulties confronted the Board beginning in 2008 when local and state tax revenue tanked and were exacerbated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Citizens voted twice to approve an emergency one percent sales tax that has kept the system running. Among the innovations is the Digital Renaissance, an initiative that has put Mac Book laptops in the hands of more than 10,000 high school students and 700 high school teachers. Despite tight budgets the school voted to include $2.8 million in the 2014 budget to expand the program to grades 4 - 6.
Baldwin County is one of the fastest growing school systems in Alabama but is ranked 131 out of 132 systems in state funding per student. The system has averaged a growth rate of 2% per year and could soon become the second largest system in the state. Compared to 2012 one elementary school experienced a 10% increase in students.
The Baldwin County Board of Education requires all students in the system to wear similar school uniforms. In May 2011 the Board decided to abolish corporal punishment and this change took effect from school year 2011-2012.
- Baldwin County High School (Bay Minette)
- Daphne High School (Daphne)
- Fairhope High School (Fairhope)
- Foley High School (Foley)
- Gulf Shores High School (Gulf Shores)
- North Baldwin Center for Technology (Bay Minette) (11th & 12th only)
- Robertsdale High School (Robertsdale)
- South Baldwin Center for Technology (Robertsdale) (11th & 12th only)
- Spanish Fort High School (Spanish Fort)
- Bay Minette Middle School (Bay Minette)
- Central Baldwin Middle School (Robertsdale)
- Daphne Middle School (Daphne)
- Elberta Middle School (Elberta)
- Fairhope Middle School (Fairhope)
- Foley Middle School (Foley)
- Gulf Shores Middle School (Gulf Shores)
- Spanish Fort Middle School (Spanish Fort)
- "Board of Education". Baldwin County Public Schools. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- Sally Pearsall Ericson (August 19, 2013). "Baldwin County schools' spending plan for 2014: $305 million". Retrieved November 15, 2013.
- Sally Pearsall Ericson (November 18, 2013). "Baldwin County schools 'running out of space' and sales tax revenue 'maxed out,' financial officer says". AL.com. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
- "Student Code of Conduct Handbook 2011-2012". Baldwin County Public Schools.
- Baggett, Connie (May 22, 2011). "Baldwin County school board OKs changes, start of progressive reforms". Press-Register (Mobile, AL).