The new elementary school in the works for north Auburn has an official name: Woodland Pines Elementary School.
The Auburn City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the name recommendation at its Tuesday meeting.
Superintendent Cristen Herring said a committee of stakeholders was brought together to decide on a name for the new elementary school, as per district policy.
“After thoughtful consideration of the geographical references on the north side of town, important names in our community and other factors, the committee reached an agreement and presented this recommendation,” Herring said before the 5-0 vote.
The new elementary school will be located at 1565 W. Farmville Road.
It will be the tenth elementary school in Auburn’s school system, and teach up to 600 students in kindergarten through second grade.
“We intend for Woodland Pines Elementary to be a K-2 school that would serve students in partnership with Yarbrough Elementary as the 3-5,” Herring said. “We will undergo a process of rezoning and reorganization to create a fifth elementary school zone in Auburn City Schools.”
ACS spokesman Dan Chesser previously told the Villager that the population growth on the north side of the city is what facilitated the need for a new elementary school, which is expected to be open for the 2022-2023 school year.
North Auburn is projected to be the fastest-growing part of the city through 2030. The city’s growth model predicted about 5,200 new housing units added citywide from 2017-2030, with more than 1,900 coming in North Auburn.
The $17.7 million project will be done by Decatur-based Baggette Construction Inc.
Site work is expected to begin this summer, followed by an anticipated completion in May 2022, in time for the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.
The layout of the new school will mimic the nine current Auburn City Schools elementary schools.
Also during the meeting:
Herring and board members recognized the reappointment of school director J. Terry Jenkins by Auburn City Council for a second term. Jenkins will serve a five year term, effective June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2026.
Charles Smith and Bill Hutto were re-elected board president and vice president, respectively.
Herring confirmed that Auburn High School’s graduation will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20 at Duck Samford Stadium, with a rain date of Friday, May 21.
The next school board meeting will take place at 6 p.m. June 8.