Gulf Shores city school officials hired its first superintendent on Monday, ending what could have been a negotiation sticking point with Baldwin County Schools.

Former Pike Road schools superintendent Suzanne Freeman was hired as the interim superintendent for 180 days, while the school system searches for its permanent superintendent.

“This is to remove a legal argument on whether a superintendent needs to be in place to move ahead with negotiations,” said Kevin Corcoran, president of the Gulf Shores city school board.

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