GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - Alabama's State Superintendent of Education and the Gulf Shores School Board revealed a proposal for student attendance ahead of the city's split from Baldwin County Public Schools.
Gulf Shores will break away from Baldwin County Public Schools and operate its own independent school system starting with the 2019-2020 school year. One of the reasons Gulf Shores is choosing to break away is to better expectations of students and increase rigor in the classroom.
According to State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, students going into grades K-9 who live outside of Gulf Shores city limits will attend a Baldwin County Public School in 2019. Gulf Shores High School students living outside of the city going into grades 11 and 12 will remain at the school. Next year's 10th graders will have the choice to stay at Gulf Shores High School or to attend class in Orange Beach.
"No surprises as far as our attendance," Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler said. "His proposal has moved forward and we're comfortable with it."
A new high school is currently under construction in Orange Beach, but it is not expected to open until 2020.
No decisions have been made about a temporary facility in Orange Beach as students await the opening of the new high school building. The plan is for students in grades 7-10 to attend class in a portable village across from Orange Beach Elementary School.
Representatives from the Baldwin Board of Education and Gulf Shores School System will continue negotiations over the next few months as they decide matters of personnel, finances, and property, among other things.
"Gulf Shores I'm sure wants to get started in a manner that's very successful to them," Tyler said. "But I think at the end of the day both sides will probably agree it's all about students, knowing what's best for students."