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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

After the tax referendum to build a new high school in the city of Auburn failed last fall, the Auburn City Schools Board and the City staff have been hard at work trying to find a solution to aid the rapid enrollment growth in recent years.

Monday, they came together to discuss proposals for facility needs before a final decision is made.

"Because we've had such community input, I don't think it will be a great surprise to anyone," explains Superintendent, Dr. Karen DeLano.

The School Board proposed constructing a new high school on Samford Avenue in 2017.

This would lead to the conversion of the existing high school as an 8th-9th grade facility, renovating the existing junior high school as a 7th grade facility, ultimately making Drake Middle School a 6th grade facility.

A new elementary school would be constructed for the 2019-2020 school year and a second smaller high school would be built in 2020, with a 600 seat addition in 2022.

The City staff proposed an increase in school funding by $5.8 million annually starting in 2015 and resulting in about $15.3 million in annual funding for schools.

This would be accomplished by transferring the use of the City's Five-Mill Fund, dedicating 1.25 pennies of local sales tax to schools, maintaining a level operating budget for City departments, and scaling back, delaying or canceling scheduled projects.

"There's going to be some strains in other areas," says Auburn Mayor, Bill Ham, "But if education is priority one, as we believe and continue to hear it is then we will reallocate where we need to and make the school what they need to be and continue the excellence in education."

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