AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – As Auburn City Schools begin the third and final phase of their 5-year strategic plan, school officials are prepping for what's to come, and re-evaluating the current state of the public schools.
The system has been able to stay on track and excel academically, scoring above average on all state tests. But the rapid student growth has been an issue the school system has been attempting to conquer as they complete their strategic plan.
As the Auburn's School System's 5-year plan comes to a close, a new phase begins.
Adopted in 2013, the strategic plan allowed for the school system to reach new heights.
It addresses things like technology integration, character education, and communication.
This is the last full year of the strategic plan.
The school system was able to complete 15 of the 38 action plans proposed over the 5-year period.
9 additional action plans will be put into action this year.
"I've worked in lots of school systems in my 43 years as an educator, and these people are not complainers, they work hard, they find solutions. They do whatever it takes, and I couldn't be any prouder to be a part of the team," said Karen Delano, Superintendent of Auburn City Schools.
For the first time, the school system has surpassed 8500 students. But with this growth comes challenges as they figure out how to rework the elementary, middle and high school layout.
"Currently we have 11 campuses, once the high school is complete this summer we will have 12 campuses. Drake middle school us 6th and 7th grade. It will become 6th grade only. The junior high has been named east Samford school will be 7th grade only. And the current high school will serve as our junior high and will be 8th and 9th grade and will have 10th and 11th grade at the new high school," said Daniel Houston Chesser, public relations specialist.
Described as the pinnacle of educational growth by Superintendent Karen Delano – she looks forward to what's to come.
"It's in excellent shape. As I work with superintendents across the state. Always very proud of how we compare," Delano says
Construction on the new high school is almost complete, and they plan to open the doors next school year.
Construction on a new elementary school is set to start in 2018.