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The Baldwin County Board of Education oversees most public schools in Baldwin County, Alabama, USA. The board of education offices are based in Bay Minette, Alabama. The Board serves most of Baldwin County, Alabama. It serves both suburban areas and rural areas. It is one of two public school systems in the county. Almost 27,000 students are within the supervision of the Board. 3,800 employees including 1,913 classroom teachers, serve the students at 46 campuses. The Board spends $7,425 per student in 2007, ranking as the largest sum spent per student in Alabama. In 2007 the average student/teacher ratio across all schools in the system was 13:1
The board is composed of seven members elected within districts throughout the county. The Superintendent of Education is appointed by the board and is not a member of it.
The Baldwin County Superintendent of Education was Dr. Faron Hollinger who retired in 2010. Hollinger served 8 years beginning in 2002. Previously he was superintendent of schools in Jasper, Alabama and before that served in a variety of positions in the Baldwin County system. JaNay Dawson, formerly an assistant superintendent, is serving as the interim superintendent.
Economic difficulties confronted the Board beginning in 2008. A sales tax referendum is on the ballot for March 2010 which is forecast to raise $25 million annually for the three years it is active. If it fails, layoffs and school closures are predicted. Officials have described their situation as "catastrophic" and say they have lost over $61 million in funding in the past 24 months while enrollment has increased. Interim Superintendent Dawson predicts "brutal cuts" if the sales tax is not passed, and predicts it will take the schools "more than a generation to recover."
The Baldwin County Board of Education requires all students in the system to wear similar school uniforms. Individual school principals are allowed to deviate from the regulation for certain events.
The Board annually revisits the school attendance zones as rapid growth in Baldwin County frequently forces changes in order to prevent overcrowding in schools.
The system also conducts random drug testing on all high school campuses.
The school board states that it regards good discipline as extremely important to the total school program. Corporal punishment is administered if other disciplinary measures prove ineffective. Swats are administered to the student's buttocks with a paddle "or facsimile thereof".
- Baldwin Co Alternative School
- Baldwin Co High School
- Bay Minette Elementary School
- Bay Minette Intermediate School
- Bay Minette Middle School
- Central Baldwin Middle School
- Daphne East Elementary School
- Daphne Elementary School
- Daphne High School
- Delta Elementary School
- Elberta Elementary School
- Elberta Middle School
- Elsanor School
- Fairhope Intermediate School
- Fairhope K-1 Ctr
- Fairhope Middle School
- Fairhope Primary School
- Foley Elementary School
- Gulf Shores Elementary School
- Gulf Shores High School
- Gulf Shores Middle School
- J Larry Newton School
- Loxley Elementary School
- Magnolia School