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Orange Beach City School System Gets Financial Boost From City As Official Separation From Baldwin County Draws Closer

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – The Orange Beach City Council has approved up to $1 million for the city’s new school system – $500,000 now and the other $500,000 needed for start-up costs.

“Accessories, office supplies, things like that,” Acting Superintendent Robbie Smith said. “As we hire more people, they will also be brought into this.”

Hiring teachers will be an important task for the new school system.

“We’ll hire three to five in high school, and then elementary could be one to three depending on who stays and who leaves,” Smith added.

The school board is holding a teacher hiring fair next Wednesday to find potential candidates before they begin the hiring process. Acting Superintendent Dr Robbie Smith said new hires such as principals will be put on hold until the permanent superintendent is hired. As for the students.

“Current students living within the Orange Beach city limits should expect no changes,” Smith added.

Smith says new students outside the city limits will have tuition of $1,000 per year for up to three children per household.

“If you have five, then four and five wouldn’t be charged,” Smith said.

The board still decides whether current students outside the city limits will have to pay tuition next year.

The board hopes to make a decision on next year’s tuition for current out-of-district students in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you’re interested in the Teacher Recruitment Fair, it’ll be next Wednesday, April 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Orange Beach Event Center.

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