Making Progress

Working together, we have made significant progress since 2009:
  • Launched FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE – an effort to connect churches with the schools in their local communities. Currently 68 official partnerships.
  • Launched ANNUAL INVESTORS CAMPAIGN to increase funding for programs.
  • Launched ROUND UP FOR CHILD LITERACY INITIATIVE. Obtained first restaurant partner, PS Taco Company. Patrons are asked to round up to the nearest whole dollar. BCEC is the named charity.
  • Awarded IMPACT 100 GRANT – $101,000 to grow literacy-building classroom libraries in every elementary school in Baldwin County.
  • $494,000 IN LOCAL FOUNDATION GRANTS TO DATE.

2018

  • Coordinated the STRATEGIC PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE –six meetings over two months to update the district’s Strategic Plan.

2017

  • Advocated for the VOTE FOR ONE MILL CAMPAIGN to renew 1 mill ad valorem.
  • Led COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS across Baldwin County for updating the district’s Strategic Plan – 12 meetings, 131 voices.
  • Awarded IMPACT 100 GRANT – $97,000 for Guided Reading Short Reads and Teacher Professional Development.
  • Hosted BUILDING A LEGACY OF LITERACY SUMMIT to create awareness and increase support for Guided Reading.
  • Began hosting ANNUAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR BANQUET to recognize every school’s Teacher of the Year.

2016

  • Advocated and led SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOLS CAMPAIGN to renew 3 mill ad valorem.
  • Began coordinating ACT WORK READY COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE.

2015

  • Advocated and led the BUILD BALDWIN NOW property tax referendum. Only 3 of the existing mills renewed, all others failed.
  • Organized and facilitated the COMMUNITY ADVISORY
    TASK FORCE.

    • 24 concerned citizens dedicated to thoroughly
      examining and recommending actionable steps
      regarding the future of our public schools.
  • 17 RECOMMENDATIONS IN FIVE PRIORITY AREAS.

2014

  • Hosted first BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL.
  • Began hosting the GULF REGIONAL INNOVATIVE TEACHING CONFERENCE (GRITC) – over 1,200 teachers attend annually.

2013

  • FIRST CONTRACT FOR SERVICES with Baldwin County Public Schools.
  • HIRED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
  • Hosted first GOLF CLASSIC.

2012

  • Elected first BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
  • Received 501(c)3 APPROVAL from the IRS as a charitable organization.
  • Advocated and led the INVEST IN PROGRESS CAMPAIGN –extended penny sales tax an additional 5 years (2013-2018).

2011

  • Published YES WE CAN COMMUNITY AGREEMENT, results of community conversations defining the schools we want, priorities for action and key strategies.
  • Developed a CO-OWNED STRATEGIC PLAN focusing on the five priorities for action.
  • Hosted first EDUCATION SUMMIT – learning forum to keep citizens informed and engaged.

2010

  • Advocated and led the VOTE YES CAMPAIGN, an emergency 3-year (2010-2013) penny sales tax referendum.
  • Led YES WE CAN BALDWIN COUNTY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE, including 85 community conversations collecting the voices of almost 1,300 citizens.

2009

  • Day-long retreat of the seven education foundation boards of directors resulting in an organizational name, BALDWIN COUNTY EDUCATION COALITION.