The Auburn City Schools Board of Education approved a number of measures at its meeting Tuesday, including an agreement with an architectural firm to begin design plans for the expansion of the school system's transportation building. 

The board unanimously approved an agreement with architectural firm McKee and Associates to draw up design plans for the expansion and renovation of the school system's transportation hub. 

"As we grow as a school system and expand schools and enrollment continues to grow, bus routes grow, so it’s just kind of hand-in-hand," said Daniel Chesser, ACS public relations specialist. "We have over 100 bus drivers, over 100 routes that are run every day. As we take on more children, more schools, more routes, more employees, we’re just outgrowing the space we’re in over there."

Chesser added that there is no firm time line or budget for the project at this point. 

The board also unanimously approved a bid by JA Lett Construction Co. Inc. for $479,400 to build a tennis pavilion at Auburn High School. 

"The tennis pavilion was actually in the original plans for that high school when we started building that high school, but as we were getting closer and closer to completion in early 2017, we had some areas that we really had to cut back on due to cost," said Chesser. "Now that we’re three years into that school, we’re able to come back with money and build that pavilion and have a state-of-the-art facility for tennis, like we do with all our other sports."

The board also announced two FY2020 Public Budget Hearing meetings, both set for Sept. 3. The first meeting will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Board of Education Office on Samford Avenue. The second meeting will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Auburn Junior High School. 

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