Board of Education

Orange Beach City Board of Education, May 2022

PHOTO: Orange Beach City Board of Education, from left, Randy McKinney, Board Secretary Tracie Stark (seated), Board President Robert Stuart, Shannon Robinson (seated) and Board Vice President Nelson Bauer. 


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The Orange Beach City Council appointed five members to the Orange Beach City Schools Board of Education at the council meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - Nelson Bauer, Randy McKinney, Shannon Robinson, Tracie Stark and Robert Stuart. RESOLUTION: A Resolution Appointing Members to the Orange Beach City Board of Education.

On Thursday, April 7, 2022, the Orange Beach City Schools Board of Education held a special organizational meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers. At that meeting, Robert Stuart was selected to serve a Board President, Nelson Bauer was selected to serve as Board Vice President and Tracie Stark was selected to serve as Board Secretary. Additionally, Mayor Tony Kennon was selected to serve as council liaison to the board, which is a non-voting post.


On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, the Orange Beach City Board of Education appointed Randy Wilkes as the city schools system's first superintendent. Wilkes comes from Phenix City Schools, where he served as superintendent since 2014. Prior to that he was superintendent of Crenshaw County Schools from 2011 to 2014. 

Orange Beach City Schools Superintendent Randy Wilkes


On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the school board appointed Dr. Robbie Smith as Interim Superintendent. Dr. Smitth stepped down as principal of Orange Beach Middle/High School on Monday so she could take on this role. The board attorney R. Nash Campbell, of Adams and Reese LLP, will begin advertising soon for a permanent superintendent of Orange Beach schools. Additionally, Ford Handley, the city's finance director/assistant city administrator, was named Interim CSFO (Chief School Financial Officer) by the board. 

Also at the April 12 meeting, the board approved a mission statement. 


Orange Beach City Schools provides a K-12 results based experience that focuses on the whole student, one that incorporates challenging academics and skills acquisition, strong character development and solid citizenship which will build our next generation.                                                 

Four Pillars

  • Academics: Challenging curriculum spectrum to empower all students to achieve their highest potential.
  • Skills acquisition: Garnered through a combination of vocational training, internships, apprenticeships and/or project-based learning using cross curriculum concepts.
  • Strong Character: Exemplified by All School Staff and Faculty members that serves as the foundation to foster students character growth of respect, trust, integrity, honesty and caring.
  • Solid Citizenship: Student’s understand their role in establishing and maintaining a respectful community that values; liberty, personal  responsibility and has compassion for each other.




Robert Stuart, Orange Beach City Board of Education PresidentRobert and his wife Kasandra have lived in Orange Beach since 1988 and have three boys that were raised in Orange Beach and now two grandsons that attend Orange Beach Elementary School. Robert and Kasandra own Sugar Sands Realty and Management in Orange Beach and attend Island Church. Robert was born in Fairhope, Alabama, and graduated from Fairhope High School and then attended the University of South Alabama where he studied business administration. Robert went to work as an intern for Marriot Hotels and advanced quickly to taskforce level where he traveled and trained personnel at new resorts and hotels in food and beverage. He finished his corporate career with Hilton Hotels.

Robert was elected to the Baldwin County Board of Education in 2020 and served until the school system split. Currently serves as chairman of Orange Beach Planning Commission and has served as chairman for 14 out of 16 years. Served two terms on the Baldwin County Board of Equalization, was a founding member of MAAAC, served as president of the Orange Beach Sports Association 19 years and coached baseball, football, basketball and soccer over 27 years.


Nelson Bauer, Orange Beach City Board of Education Vice PresidentNelson is married to Abby (current third-grade teacher at OBES) and they have two children both who attend Orange Beach Schools. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and Educational Specialist degrees from Auburn University. He is currently in doctoral candidacy at Auburn in the Department of Education Foundations, Leadership and Technology. Nelson served a 20-year career in the fire service where he began as a firefighter in Auburn and concluded his career as a Division Chief in Orange Beach. He has extensive experience leading emergency responders, serving as an emergency management coordinator, serving as a construction consultant and working as an adjunct instructor. He currently works as a Construction Plans Examiner for the City of Orange Beach. Nelson also serves the city of Orange Beach as a member of the Planning Commission, as an assistant coach for the Orange Beach Middle School baseball team and as a T-ball coach for the Orange Beach Mini-Makos. Nelson is a resident of Orange Beach.


Tracie Stark, Orange Beach City Board of Education SecretaryTracie is married to Gary Stark. They reside in Orange Beach and have two daughters. Tracie and Gary are members of Orange Beach Methodist Church. She is a certified middle-school teacher in the state of Alabama. She is a graduate of William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri and earned her teaching certification at the University of Virginia at Wise in middle school social studies. In her first year of teaching, she was the recipient of “The First Class Teacher of the Year.” In Virginia, Tracie piloted a mock trial that was adopted as a countywide program to teach students the state of Virginia curriculum court system standard. She also had an 89 percent passing rate on students’ end-of-the-year standardized testing in social studies. She started her career here in Orange Beach in 2009 as a social studies teacher and during her time at OBMS she taught seventh-grade civics, geography and economics and eighth-grade world history. She was the high school volleyball coach for two years and was the National Junior Honor Society advisor. Last year, Tracie was the recipient of the OBMS Teacher of the Year and the WKRG Golden Apple Teacher award. During her career, Tracie was committed to providing educational experience that supported each of her students and her drive was to encourage students to reach their highest potential.


Shannon Robinson, Orange Beach City Board of Education memberShannon, her husband, Anthony and their three children are longtime residents of Orange Beach. She spent 20 years as the director of operations for a national restaurant franchise and has been actively involved in serving our schools for 13 years in various roles as Baldwin County Education Coalition Board, OBHS Guidance Committee, OBES PTO Board, VP of the Orange Beach Education Foundation, MAAAC Board of Directors, OBHS Title Nine Committee, BCBE Strategic Planning Committee. In her spare time, you can find Shannon reading or enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.


Randy McKinney, Orange Beach City Board of Education memberRandy and his family have lived on the Alabama Gulf Coast for 37 years. Randy is married to his beautiful wife of 44 years, Betsy. They have two children and five grandchildren. Betsy owns and operates Professional Land Title in Gulf Shores. Randy and his sons are attorneys with McKinney and Associates P.C. where Randy limits his practice to real estate transactions and commercial real estate brokerage. Randy is also a partner in Realty Executives Gulf Coast with his daughter and son-in-law who are also partners with Randy in Realty Executives Midsouth where they are sub franchises of offices for Realty Executives International in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Randy’s community service has included work with the 28th Judicial Circuit of Alabama as an assistant district attorney where he was a prosecutor for the state of Alabama in Baldwin County. Randy has served a total of 10 years on the Alabama State Board of Education, he served three years with the Alabama Commission for Higher Education and is now serving as an Alabama Real Estate Commissioner for the First Congressional district of Alabama. His education consists of a B.S. from the University of South Alabama, a master in religious education from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Juris Doctor from the Birmingham School of Law and a master in real estate development from Auburn University. He lives in Orange Beach.