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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Gulf Shores, Baldwin County reach agreement to finalize separation

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Today at 3:30 p.m., the Gulf Shores City Board of Education and Baldwin County Board of Education are pleased to announce an agreement to settle the pending lawsuit and finalize all matters in order for Gulf Shores City Schools to complete its transition to an independent city school system on June 1, 2019.

State Senator Chris Elliott and Mayor Robert Craft have been leading negotiations between the parties since the filing of the lawsuit by Baldwin County. With their leadership, Gulf Shores presented a settlement proposal whereby:

  • The County will continue to pay all existing debt obligations associated with Gulf Shores Schools until December 1, 2024 – estimated at $2.85 million 
  • The County will receive all countywide sales taxes until October 1, 2019 – estimated at $1.8 million
  • The County will pay all payroll obligations for positions assigned to Gulf Shores Schools through the end of the current contract period, not later than until August 31, 2019
  • Both systems will transport their respective students
  • Both systems agree to cooperate to resolve any personnel matters fairly and equitably
  • All equipment, materials, supplies, and other personal property will remain in Gulf Shores Schools

The parties have agreed to these items which have been incorporated into a final settlement agreement. Pending approval of both Boards of Education, State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey will withdraw his previous order and Baldwin County will withdraw its lawsuit.

Senator Elliott, Gulf Shores Superintendent Dr. Matt Akin, and Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler will hold a joint press conference today at 3:30 p.m. in the Baldwin County Commission Annex, 22251 Palmer St, Robertsdale, to announce the agreement and answer questions about the process.