The Auburn City Schools Strategic Plan is in the process of being updated, and the Board of Education approved a draft of the new plan, which outlines goals to be achieved over the next five years.

The Strategic Plan was first adopted in 2013 and is a guiding document that establishes the mission statement of the school system as well as its objectives and strategies. The initial plan included six strategies and 38 action plans in line with those strategies.

The last phase of implementing the 38 action plans concluded in March, and Assistant Superintendent Cristen Herring presented drafted updates to the plan at the school board meeting this week.

The updated plan would include five strategies and just under 40 action plans that address many areas from counseling and character development to kindergarten readiness and support for graduates. The plan was drafted by a team of more than 70 community members, teachers and other stakeholders.

Board President Tracie West thanked Herring and all who served on the team for their work.

"For board members, it is our road map for work that we do at this table as a group and a body, so it is extremely important and we're very thankful for everyone in the community who gave their time to be part of the team," she said.

The original Strategic Plan can be found online at www.auburnschools.org, but the draft is not yet available to the public.

The board also approved an agreement with the University of Alabama to allow Auburn High School students to take dual enrollment courses through the university. Superintendent Karen DeLano said UA approached ACS about the partnership.

DeLano said the agreement provides "quite a long list" of courses for students to take for college credit.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity that our students will have to receive some college credit," she said. "It's possible that students could have their whole freshman year finished before they even start college, if that's what they would choose to do."

The board also approved a Request for Proposal for student athletic uniforms. ACS Public Relations Specialist Daniel Chesser said school system administration became aware it would need to change athletic wear providers earlier this year.

"As of Jan. 1, we were made aware that Russell Athletics would no longer be providing athletic uniforms for high schools," he said. "With that information we pursued an outfitter that would provide benefits for wearing their apparel.

"We chose to go with BSN Sports, and as of April 1, we have been moving forward as a Nike outfitted system with orders being placed for the 2018-19 school year."

Needs assessments for each athletic program are underway and costs for uniforms are unknown at this time, Chesser said. West commented that this change affects "well over 1,000 students," involved with AHS athletics.

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