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Auburn preps for new High School and Elementary

By Katherine Kington -  bioemail

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -  An influx in students into East Alabama over the last few years have forced school officials to look into expansion.

The Auburn City School Board of Education met Tuesday night to discuss finances, property and the future of  the district.   

Auburn schools average 200 new students a year, but last year, they had 501!

Auburn superintendent Dr. Terry Jenkins says the number of students in city schools increases every year. The Board is planning on building a new elementary school; 3 current elementary schools are already well over 90% capacity.

They're also trying to build a new high school that will house grades 10-12 while the current high school would have 8 and 9. "It gives ample room for students in classrooms, the proper labs they need to do the work they have to do and those facilities would serve our community well for a long time...we'll save millions of dollars by taking care of our elementary school first." Said Dr. Jenkins

Dr. Jenkins says he knows how important it is to save as much money as possible in this economy which is why they plan on working piece by piece paying it off as they go. The elementary school plus the land for the high school could cost about 16- million dollars. The School Board hopes to have the site for the new elementary school chosen in the next 90 days. Dr. Jenkins says his goal would be to work as rapidly as possible and have the elementary school  open fall of 2013.



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