Final Baldwin County school growth meeting held

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) – After months of gathering input, Superintendent Dr. Alan Lee and members of the Baldwin County Public School Board made their final stop at Spanish Fort High School.

Dr. Lee said the Spanish Fort feeder pattern is one of the most critical spots to deal with along with Gulf Shores and Foley.

“The facilities are currently inadequate to house what we have today, let alone what we’re going to have in the future,” Dr. Lee said.

Parents in the crowd were very vocal tonight with their disapproval with how growth is being handled. But some of the concern was not with the school system itself, but with developers.

“These developers must be held accountable and take some sort of responsibility in accommodating all these families that they’re moving in,” Stephanie Kaminski said.

“When a new division comes in, they’ve got to contribute to the pool, otherwise we’re going to be talking about millage increases and one penny sales tax increases that expire, which is kind of ridiculous,” Robert Powers said.

Another suggestion was to change the school system into a year-round system.

Dr. Lee said the school board has hired a consultant to evaluate their predicament and said the suggestions brought up in the meetings will be part of his assessment.

“We are presenting those ideas to him. It’s important for him to have an understanding, not only of what the facts and statistics are, but what the culture of the county is,” Dr. Lee said.

Until then, it’s a bit of a wait and see game as far as what will be done. But parents said they need to stay actively involved in order to see the change they want.

The school board expects to have the results of the consultant’s work by the end of June.

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