ORANGE BEACH CITY SCHOOLS
The Orange Beach City Council on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 made the bold leap to begin the process of forming the city’s own school system, separating from Baldwin County Public Schools.
Resolution No. 22-053: A Resolution Establishing a School System for the City of Orange Beach, Alabama; Establishing a Board of Education; and Providing for the Appointment of the members of the Board of Education.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS APPOINTED
On Tuesday, April 5, 2022 the City Council unanimously appointed five members to the Orange Beach City Schools Board of Education - Nelson Bauer, Randy McKinney, Shannon Robinson, Tracie Stark and Robert Stuart. RESOLUTION: A Resolution Appointing Members to the Orange Beach City Board of Education.
For more information on the Orange Beach City Board of Education, go to https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/city-schools/board-education.
INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT APPOINTED
On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the school board appointed Dr. Robbie Smith as Interim Superintendent. Dr. Smitth stepped down as principal of Orange Beach Middle/High School on Monday so she could take on this role. The board attorney R. Nash Campbell, of Adams and Reese LLP, will begin advertising soon for a permanent superintendent of Orange Beach schools (more information below). Shown in the photo below, from left, are school board member Randy McKinney, board member Shannon Robinson, Board President Robert Stuart, Interim Superintendent Dr. Robbie Smith, Board Secretary Tracie Stark, and Board Vice President Nelson Bauer. Additionally, Ford Handley, the city's finance director/assistant city administrator, was named Interim CSFO (Chief School Financial Officer) by the board.
For meeting information, go to https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/city-schools/meetings.
OUT-OF-DISTRICT STUDENT POLICY
Orange Beach City Schools Procedures for Out of District Students 2022-2023 School Year
- ALL Out of District students, not included in the separation agreement, should complete an application to attend Orange Beach City Schools.
- Any Non-Resident student currently enrolled in an Orange Beach School for 2021-2022 school year will have tuition waived for the 2022-2023 school year.
- Any Non-Resident student currently enrolled in an Orange Beach School for the 2021-2022 school year will have the application fee waived for the 2022-2023 school year.
- Any Non-Resident student currently enrolled in Orange Beach High School in grades 9, 10 or 11 for the 2021-2022 school year will have tuition waived until they graduate or complete their high school career.
- New Non-Resident students applying for enrollment in Orange Beach City Schools for the 2022-2023 school year, will be subject to tuition and application fee based on the Orange Beach City Schools Out of District Policy regardless of grade.
- Orange Beach City Schools will not provide transportation for any Out of District students.
- The Orange Beach City School System district only includes those residing within the City Limits of Orange Beach.
LINKS TO DOCUMENTS
- Non-Resident Application Cover Letter
- 2022-2023 Non-Resident Application
- Procedures for Out of District Students 2022-2023 School Year
The Out-of-District/Non-Resident Student Policy was approved by the board on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Click here or on the image below to see Out-of-District Policy for Orange Beach City Schools.
Residents are defined as those living within the city limits of Orange Beach. See an interactive map of the city limits at https://orangebeach.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=49a641b867564d9bb4bcdd871ead85c0 or click on the image below.
2022-2023 CALENDAR APPROVED
On Thursday, April 14, 2022, the Orange Beach City Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. The calendar is the same as the 2022-23 calendar for Baldwin County Public Schools.
STUDENT DRESS CODE APPROVED FOR 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR
On Thursday, April 14, 2022, the Orange Beach City Board of Education approved a dress code for students for the 2022-2023 school year. The dress code is the same as the one for Baldwin County Public Schools.
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN THE POSITION OF ORANGE BEACH CITY SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
Job Title: Superintendent
Job Description: Superintendent of the Orange Beach City Board of Education with the duties set forth for city superintendents in the Alabama Code §16-12-1 et seq. and by the school board.
Alabama law requires the superintendent be chosen for general fitness and character and that he or she be knowledgeable in school administration. The successful applicant should have or be eligible for the appropriate certification to serve as a superintendent in Alabama and must hold at least a master's degree, but preferably a doctorate in education. He or she must have experience as a classroom teacher and at least five years’ experience in public school work. In addition, he or she must have worked for at least the last five years as a principal, administrator, assistant superintendent or superintendent. The successful candidate also must be qualified to be bonded by the school system’s insurance carrier.
The base salary will be $185,000.00 and will be negotiable based on experience and a proven track record.
This search is being conducted by the Board’s attorney, R. Nash Campbell, Adams and Reese LLP. All applications will be taken through Mr. Campbell and his legal assistant at:
Adams and Reese LLP
c/o Nash Campbell
11 North Water Street, Suite 23200
Mobile, Alabama 36602
If using email to send anything, please carbon copy Vicki Clarke at email@example.com.
Mr. Campbell will review all applications and recommend finalists to the school board. The board may interview some or all of the finalists. State law requires that these interviews be public.
Transcripts should also be sent to Mr. Campbell with all applications at Adams and Reese LLP.
Applications should be completed and transcripts received by May 20, 2022.
On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and the City Council held a Town Hall meeting at the Orange Beach Performing Arts Center to discuss the decision to form a new city school system. Negotiations are ongoing with the Baldwin County Board of Education. The school board nominees were introduced during the town hall.
VIDEO: The Orange Beach Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 was streamed live on Facebook and you can click here to see the video.
PRESENTATION: To view the March 30, 2022 Orange Beach Town Hall presentation, click here or on the image below.
"We believe that having local control of our schools is in the best interest of our children and the future of the City of Orange Beach."