The Baldwin County Board of Education unanimously approved a contract for its next superintendent, Eddie Tyler, at its Thursday evening meeting. Tyler will be paid a $160,000 yearly salary and will begin work Oct. 1.

Eddie Tyler, Baldwin County's new public schools superintendent, will begin work Oct. 1, 2015.

Eddie Tyler, Baldwin County’s new public schools superintendent, will begin work Oct. 1, 2015.

The board approved a 33 month contract that will last from Oct. 1, 2015 until June 30, 2018. Along with his $160,000 yearly salary, Tyler will be given a $10,000 moving allowance.

Tyler spent 25 years as an educator in the Baldwin County public school system before he was hired to be the superintendent of Eufaula City Schools in 2012. He was one of three finalists for Baldwin County’s superintendent position.

A news release from Board of Education President Shannon Cauley said the board was ready to move forward after a “tedious, very time consuming process with varying opinions expressed.”

“One thing that has always surfaced as the priority, however, has been that our children deserve the very best education possible and that we all have to work together to ensure we do everything within our power to give them our best,” Cauley said in the release.

On Thursday the board also voted unanimously to ask the Baldwin County Commission to place the renewal millage, lost during the referendum in March, on the March 2016 primary ballot. The board announced it will not fund a major media campaign for the millage renewals. The mills represent approximately $16 million in revenues for the school system.

“We’re counting on our citizens to get the word out about how critical it is that these four mills be renewed,” Cauley’s release stated.