A new school year begins for Auburn City Schools on Aug. 9, and this year, teachers should see smaller classroom sizes as student enrollment appears to level out.
As of Wednesday morning, 8,543 students were enrolled in the school system, which is slightly above last year's total of 8,501.
ACS Public Relations Specialist Daniel Chesser said more students are expected to enroll each day moving forward until the start of school, but so far, this year's student body has not seen the spike of previous years.
ACS Superintendent Karen DeLano said that if enrollment does stay about the same as last year, the classroom atmosphere will be improved as teacher-to-pupil ratios are improved.
"If our enrollment stays like we are anticipating, we will have smaller class sizes," she said, adding that decreasing class size has always been a priority for her.
The ACS Board of Education met this week and were given a briefing on current enrollment as well as an opportunity to review the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Two public hearings for the budget will be conducted on Sept. 5. The first will be at 8:30 a.m. at the ACS Central Office, and the second will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Auburn Junior High School (former AHS) media room.
The public hearings give residents a chance to review the budget before the school board will vote to approve it in the fall.
Also on the horizon are plans for the superintendent to recommend updates to the Facilities Plan 2024, which was adopted in May 2014 and modified in February.
The first phase of the plan has been implemented with the completion of the new Auburn High School, and a second phase is beginning as work starts on a new elementary school on Richland Road.
Future updates would change the Facilities Plan 2024 to the Facilities Plan 2027 and outline renovations to existing facilities as well as any new facilities projects.