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Committee proposes two concepts for Auburn schools

The Auburn Master Facilities Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Auburn Hall to solicit input from citizens on reorganizing existing schools or building a new comprehensive campus.

The Master Facilities Committee considered several scenarios before selecting the two concepts that will be presented on November 16. The first concept is a seven-campus concept, which remodels Edward Little High School and expands Auburn Middle School to include the sixth grade.

Pre-K through fifth grade students would attend one of four schools: Fairview School, Sherwood Heights School, Park Avenue School and a new school not yet determined. Walton School would house Franklin/Merrill Hill, RETC/SOS, Adult Education programs and Central Office. This scenario closes Washburn School, East Auburn Community School, Lake Street School and Franklin/Merrill Hill School.

The second concept is a Comprehensive Campus that will serve all pre-K through grade 12 students and the community at large. This model creates an opportunity for equity, a common student demographic and a variety of settings for learning. It would mean selecting a large location and phasing in the building of facilities over the next 15 years. This scenario closes all schools unless the site selected already has a facility located on it.

These scenarios were created after reviewing school data, cost analysis and public feedback. The committee examined the scenarios by identifying the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities. The Auburn Master Facilities Committee encourages the citizens of Auburn to attend the public hearing on November 16 to weigh in on these scenarios.

The committee will listen to the public feedback and discuss the information at the next Master Facilities Committee meeting on November 17. The Master Facilities Committee will share their final recommendations with the Auburn School Committee on December 7.

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