The Auburn City Schools Board of Education began steps to create a new elementary school Tuesday.
The board approved a motion to extend a contract with TCU Consulting Services from October 2017 to October 2018 at a called meeting Tuesday morning. TCU, which has overseen the construction of the new high school and renovations to other schools, will also oversee the construction of a new elementary school on Richland Road.
The school system purchased two lots on Richland Road near the Yarbrough Tennis Complex in May, intending to use the property for a new high school or two elementary schools.
Superintendent Dr. Karen DeLano said the need for a new elementary school has become more urgent than expected as system-wide enrollment continues to rise, and TCU will be looking at building the new school on the recently purchased land.
“As you’ve noticed, the enrollment growth, it’s really wiggled on us a little bit,” DeLano said. “This year we’re up about 259-260 last time I looked. In the last two years it was about 100 less than that.”
Construction of the new elementary school would likely begin soon after the completion of the new high school, which is scheduled to finish in April, said Daniel Chesser, ACS public relations specialist. The project would take about a year to complete.
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