The Auburn City Schools Board of Education will host two public hearings on Sept. 4 to allow the community to learn about the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

The hearings will take place at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The morning hearing will be at the Board of Education Office at 855 E. Samford Ave. and the evening meeting will take place in the Auburn Junior High School Multi-Media Room.

The proposed budget has not yet been made available to the public, but will be posted on www.auburnschools.org after the hearings for review.

In a recent work session, board members heard a summary of the proposed budget, detailing the budget process, revenues and expenditures.

The process begins with meetings in April in which each ACS department outlines its budgeting needs. State and federal allocations begin to roll in during the summertime, and a complete tally of those will be finalized in September, when school administration submits the final budget to the state.

Facility needs, enrollment, student/teacher ratios and local revenue projections, among other things, drive the budgeting process.

As of Wednesday afternoon, student enrollment had reached 8,795, but this number can change daily and an official count will not be reported to the state until the fall.

State and local revenues for the General Fund are projected to increase a total of about $2.98 million. For the Capital Projects Fund, a state fund allocates $1.9 million this year, an increase of about $64,500 from last year.

At the end of FY19, ACS projects having an unreserved fund balance of $6.24 million in the CPF. Plans to fund Phase I of the facilities plan are addressed in the budget, and the board recently approved a $1.8 million contract with TCU Consulting Services to manage a couple of upcoming projects, including renovations and construction at Cary Woods Elementary, Drake Middle School and East Samford School. TCU will also oversee the construction of an elementary school to be paired with Yarbrough Elementary.

Land is being sought for that school.

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