For six years in a row, Orange Beach Elementary has earned Alabama's annual Safe School Initiative Award.
Safety measures and lessons learned that will undoubtedly be passed on to the new Middle and High School under construction. Once the Gulf Shores school split is complete Orange Beach middle and high school students will spend at least one year in temporary buildings.
Getting the safe school award at the Orange Beach elementary school is a big deal and now that the standard has been set local authorities are promising that safe school tradition will continue.
Temporary buildings at the elementary campus will serve as classrooms until the newest Middle and High School are completed along Canal Road.
"It'll actually have three school resource officers on sight and you already have a natural officer rotation through our campus there at the rec center so will definitely be one of the safest areas from just a manpower standpoint," said City Administrator Ken Grimes.
In addition to the new school resource officers school officials say the ground work like wiring and cable conduits are right now part of the new construction - the funding will come later as the city plans to partner with the school board to cover the expense of new safety technology.
School officials say technology is great but safety is much more than that, its about school employees who care.
"They want to go home at night so they have all been vested in this safety plan and I think it works because they make it work it makes the SRO's job easier, it makes administrators and the city's job easier," said School Superintendent Eddie Tyler.
"The key is do what you can afford to do and then try to do more and I think that's the key so everything from boots on the ground with school resource officers to the technology the teachers and administrators have on hand," said Grimes.
The new middle and high school are scheduled to open in the Fall of 2020.