Baldwin County School Split

Baldwin County superintendent Eddie Tyler, left, and Gulf Shores superintendent Matt Akin

In an agreement reached by the Gulf Shores city school system and the Baldwin County school system, officials with the Gulf Shores city schools say Baldwin County will reportedly continue to pay all existing debt obligations associated with Gulf Shores schools until December 2024. The existing debt is an estimated $2.85 million.

Education officials in Baldwin County will hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. today to go into details regarding the agreement reached. 

The county will receive all countywide sales taxes until October 1, 2019 which is estimated at $1.8 million.

It was also determined that 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 September 1, 2019 and both systems will transport their respective students. 

Officials say both systems also agree to cooperate to resolve any professional matters fairly and equitably. Finally, 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.

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