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5 citizens appointed to Gulf Shores City Board of Education

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The Gulf Shores City Council announced the names of its first city school board Monday, November 27, 2017.  Since deciding to break away from the Baldwin County School System, the city has been reviewing applications for the five positions.

Gulf Shores mayor, Robert Craft said all 34 applicants had good qualifications for the job.  The city council first had to narrow the field to 20 and has spent the last several days interviewing each of them.  Craft said it was tough to vet the field down to the final five.

Many of the candidates were at the 4:00 p.m. meeting along with citizens who have been part of the movement to break away from the Baldwin County School System.  It was a brief council meeting with the school board appointments being the main focus.

Those selected are:
1) Kevin Corcoran, who headed up the Island-Wide Educational Task Force
2) Dr. Ralph Gold, Jr. who’s spent 39 years in education
3) Dr. Nichole Gotschall who’s spent nearly two decades in post-secondary education
4) Mrs. Dale Kayser Jernigan who holds a specialty area 5 teaching certification in secondary education.
5) Mrs. Kelly Walker who is a Special Needs Specialist for the Georgia Department of Education online school.

The first items on the to-do list for the new board…negotiating the separation from the county, including debt service and facilities and then the hiring of a superintendent.  The time frame for getting that done…as soon as possible.

One name noticeably absent from the final five is current Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) school board member, Angie Swiger who represents Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and the surrounding area. 

The BCBE recently requested an opinion from the Alabama Attorney General’s office on whether she could be appointed in Gulf Shores while serving a current term with them until 2020. Swiger told Fox 10 News on Monday, prior to the announcement that if selected, she would resign from her seat with the county.

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