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Auburn city school officials hosted the first of two open public meetings to address the future over crowding issues they face.

Monday's meeting brought over 600 Auburn residents to Pick Elementary school to hear and provide feedback on how school officials plan to resolve the issue.

"The school system is in a crisis at this point," said Superintendent Karen DeLano.

DeLano says in less than 10 years the schools will have 3,200 hundred schools in grades 10-12. With that expected growth, she says the current size of their one high school will not accommodate that many students.

Part of Monday nights meeting included presenting four options to the public on how they plan to handle the expected growth.

Two of the options include adding high schools and elementary schools to the city, and the other two making changes to the grade configurations.

Auburn's current grade configuration is as follows:

  • K-5 (Elementary)
  • 6-7 (Middle School)
  • 8-9 (Jr. High)
  • 10-12 (High School)

One of the options suggests changing it to the following:

  • K-5 (Elementary)
  • 6-8 (Middle)
  • 9-12 (High School)

After presenting these options, the public had the chance to fill out surveys and voice their opinions on the proposed changes.

Auburn city mayor Bill Ham says with the city being based on education as the home of Auburn University, he knows this is something they must resolve.

"Having so many people that feel so strongly about the value of education, it's definitely a problem," said Ham. "We want the schools to be as good as they can be," he added.

While the future of the schools is still unknown, DeLano says after analyzing the input from the public and speaking to city officials she will have more of a direction.

She says she hopes to make an announcement by Spring.

The second open public meeting will be Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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