By: Dorothy Sherman
AUBURN, AL - School buses are out and about in Auburn. Monday marked the start to a new school year at Auburn City Schools.
"Our expectations this year really are the same as they always are, to make sure that we provide for all of our students the most we can provide for them. And, to make sure that have good opportunities," ACS Superintendent, Dr. Karen DeLano said.
A new year does mean some new changes at ACS. Auburn City Schools has opened the newly built Pick Elementary School, and have reconfigured all of their elementary schools.
"We have four areas where we have two schools each k-2 and then a 3-5, and that's new for a lot of people. We have teachers that are in new places and we have children and parents who are in new places," Dr. DeLano said.
Pick Elementary will help with one thing that's not new this school year, more students. Dr. DeLano said the new school will aid in the 410 student increase than last year.
"The biggest issues we are having now are grades 6-12. We will have classes meet the auditorium at Auburn Junior High, because of classroom space not being available," Dr. DeLano said.
Also, Dr. DeLano said they've hired additional teachers and, three of Auburn schools have a new principal, including Auburn High School.
"Rick Rainer came to us from Elba at Enterprise. He's had quite a bit of experiences in schools and high schools over the years, and he brings a wealth of experience to us," Dr. DeLano said.
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