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When the Mobile County Public School System moved its central offices from Barton Academy in 2007 without a plan for Barton’s future, the landmark was immediately threatened by vacancy and a lack of maintenance. Local preservation groups – including Mobile Historic Development Commission, Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Downtown Mobile Alliance – rallied support for preserving Barton and formed the Barton Academy Historic Preservation and Restoration Committee in 2009 to explore a new life for the historic complex.

 

Working with education specialists at the school system and the University of South Alabama, the group considered a variety of ideas before enthusiastically endorsing a plan to create a world studies school. Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies represents the best of all possible outcomes in any preservation effort: a major landmark is preserved and reborn in a way that enhances and benefits the community at large.  

 

The Barton committee evolved into a more permanent Barton Academy Foundation, incorporated in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The foundation’s mission is to assist the school system in raising awareness and funds to create Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies as an innovative educational institution and an engine for growing the area’s economy.

 

The Foundation is actively seeking contributions from local businesses, corporations, foundations and individuals who wish to join the school’s goal of preparing local students to succeed in a global economy. The foundation is also soliciting donations from individuals and supporters throughout the community. Response to the world studies plan has been enthusiastic from all areas – business leaders, economic development leaders, preservationists, students, parents and Barton alumni.

 

The Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies is a perfect match to Mobile’s past and future. Mobile has been a player in global commerce since its beginnings as an internationally diverse colonial port more than 300 years ago. Today, links to businesses all over the world are even more critical to the area’s growth.

 

In addition to providing a world-class education, the school will make Mobile a more attractive site for international investment and jobs. For students, Barton will pave the way for entrance to the finest universities worldwide and prepare them to succeed in a globally connected and interdependent world.

 

A variety of naming opportunities are available for major donors. All donors of $1,000 or more will be listed on a permanent donor wall in Barton.

 

Barton Academy Foundation

Board of Directors

 

President

Elizabeth P. Stevens

   Downtown Mobile Alliance 

 

First Vice-President

John Schley Rutherford, Jr.

    Gulf & Atlantic Forest Products

 

Second Vice-President

Raymond L. Bell, Jr.

    Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.


Treasurer & Secretary
Denise Browning
   Browning Mecke & O'Neal, LLP

Past President 

Jaime W. Betbeze

    Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. 

 

Karen Outlaw Atchison

   Community Volunteer

Stephen Carter

    Community Volunteer

Irvin Grodsky

    Attorney

R. Allan Gustin

    Dunn Building Company

 

Nicholas H. Holmes, III

    Holmes & Holmes Architects

Geri Moulton
     Community Volunteer

 

John D. Peebles

    NAI Mobile
 

Martha L. Peek

    Mobile County Public School System

    (Retired)

Dr. Carolyn Lee Taylor
    Mobile County Public School System

    (Retired)

Chresal D. Threadgill

    Superintendent,

    Mobile County Public School System