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Elberta High School introduces new feeder system, the Elberta Warriors

(WPMI)

Baldwin County is one step closer to having an 8th high school. Last night, the School Board announced a new Elberta High School "feeder pattern" to take pressure off Foley High School. The decision also includes the Summerdale area.

Right now the site for a new building is an open field, 38 acres of donated land located North of Elberta off of County Road 83. The new independent structure is in the future plans and could be up to 10 years away, perhaps sooner.

Additions to the existing middle school will become the first high school classrooms. Freshmen will move in by the fall. Under the "pay as you go plan" - Elberta High School will start with 9th grade and add an additional grade level each year until it's 9th through 12th.

"Excited" was the word today for most 8th grade students at the Middle School who will be a part of the first Freshman class at the new Elberta High School. "As soon as I came here they welcomed me and I've been a part of the family for so long it feels good to have a high school for ourselves instead of going to Foley," said student Baylen Gleason.

Middle School students played a part in selecting the new high school's official mascot and team colors. Announced today the "Elberta Warriors" are a big hit. "It was a lot tension like building up because we didn’t know for a while. I personally like it because I voted for the black and silver," said student Sydni Taylor.

One thing is certain - the small town of Elberta and surrounding areas will begin to change. The challenge will be to manage the growth that's certain to come along with a new high school and all that comes with it. "We don't want to become and you name any other city in Baldwin County we don’t want to become them. We want to be Elberta," said Elberta Mayor Jim Hamby.

Folks in this community say the change is welcome all will benefit they say. "I think its all positive. More opportunities for the kids and it opens a whole lot of doors that they didn’t have before," said parent Katy Gleason.

The Baldwin County School Superintendent issued the following statement Thursday night:

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, Superintendent

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