ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - Orange Beach parents and residents got a better idea of what to expect in the 2019 school year Wednesday, despite many of their questions going unanswered.
Mayor Tony Kennon and Baldwin County Board of Education member Norma Lynch took parent's concerns and questions at an information meeting at the Orange Beach Community Center.
"There's a lot of questions still to be answered and that's to be expected," Orange Beach City Councilman Jerry Johnson said. "But I am excited because I know that we've got great people behind [the school]."
The state superintendent has yet to decide what to do with Orange Beach's middle and high school students, considering the new Orange Beach Middle/High School won't be complete until 2020 and Gulf Shores intends on splitting from the Baldwin County School District.
The most likely scenario, according to Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon is 7th through 9th graders will attend a portable village across from the cities' elementary school until Fall 2020. The city's 11th and 12th graders will stay at Gulf Shores High School and Kennon hopes the state superintendent will grant 10th graders the right to choose where to go.
“Being in trailers starting off the first year is not a great thing but I’m not as concerned about that as I am the academics, the sports and everything else they’re putting together," one parent told FOX10 News.
As it's planned, the Orange Beach portable village would hold about 12 units for about 250 to 300 students, depending on whether 10th graders are assigned to attend class in Orange Beach. There would be a school resource officer and students would have lunch outdoors on a covered patio, weather permitting.
FOX10 News will continue to follow this story, as the state superintendent is expected to make his decision about the 2019 school year for Orange Beach and Gulf Shores prior to Christmas.