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 As e-mailed by the superintendent, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 8:40 p.m. 
Good evening – this is a historic night in Baldwin County. Tonight our board voted unanimously to create our eighth feeder pattern. We are excited about Elberta High School! Mr. Branton Bailey was appointed principal of Elberta High School at the February board meeting. Tonight our board voted to appoint Coach Greg Siebert as athletic director. Coach Seibert, a resident of Lillian, has been head football coach at Pensacola Catholic High School since 2001. He has also been Dean of Students there. We will soon appoint a band director. Tomorrow (Friday), the school colors and mascot – as selected by the Elberta and Summerdale School Middle students – will be announced. I will be sure to let you know that news soon after the students find out.

On another note, please join me in welcoming a new principal to Gulf Shores High School. Mrs. Cindy Veazey is a veteran educator who joins us from Montgomery County Schools where she has been Career Tech Coordinator since 2015. Previously she was assistant principal and later principal at Wetumpka High School. I’d like to thank Dr. Ernie Rosado, principal of Gulf Shores High School, for an outstanding job. Dr. Rosado is retiring in May, and I will have more to say about him then. Also, I’m excited to tell you that Shannon McCurdy was appointed principal of Foley Intermediate tonight. Mrs. McCurdy was Itinerant Assistant Principal for Foley Intermediate and Foley Middle.

There is so much to be proud of in Baldwin County. We are blessed. I will share more good news with you in the days to come. I hope you have a good night.

Baldwin Proud! 
Eddie Tyler,
The Baldwin County Board of Education is preparing to open its eighth high school when school starts for the 2017-18 school year. Elberta High School will begin with a freshman class in 2017-18 and add one additional grade level each subsequent school year until all four grades (9th through 12) are in place.

At its February meeting, the Baldwin County Board of Education appointed Mr. Branton Bailey as Elberta High School’s first principal.

One of the most significant questions has been where the school attendance zone lines for Elberta High School will be drawn. The Baldwin County Board of Education has held a series of public engagement sessions, including two public meetings, to share with all interested parties the plans for the new school and particularly to show and discuss possible school attendance zones.

Two zoning options have been shared by Superintendent Eddie Tyler and his staff – one that includes the Summerdale School attendance zone and one that does not. Superintendent Tyler told residents that he and his staff would thoroughly evaluate the zoning options and that he would make a recommendation to the Board.

“I am announcing today that I am recommending to the Board that Elberta High School serve both the Elberta area and the Summerdale School attendance zone, as we have shown on the maps at the public meetings. The attendance zone for the new Elberta High School incorporates the existing Elberta Elementary/Middle attendance zone and the existing Summerdale Elementary attendance zone,“ Tyler said.

For the exact location of the boundaries of the new Elberta High School attendance zone that Mr. Tyler is recommending, please see the map via this link. PROPOSED ELBERTA HIGH ATTENDANCE ZONE MAP HERE

The public will be provided additional opportunities to comment and provide input at the March 14, 2017 work session to be held at Summerdale Elementary at 5:00 p.m. and at the March 16, 2017 board meeting to be held at the central office in Bay Minette at 5:30 p.m.  It is anticipated that the superintendent's recommendation will be voted on during the March 16, 2017 board meeting.