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Auburn School Department Accepting ESEA Application Comments

posted Jul 19, 2018, 12:55 PM by Roz Walton

The Auburn School Department (ASD) accepts funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. As part of ESEA, ASD is required to provide reasonable opportunity for public comment on the consolidated application and consider such comment prior to submission of the application.


Click here for more information and to access the feedback form:

New Edward Little High School Proposed Location Revealed

posted Jun 29, 2018, 11:32 AM by Roz Walton   [ updated Jul 23, 2018, 7:22 AM ]

New Edward Little High School Proposed Location Revealed

Opening Slated for Fall 2023 at Current Site

AUBURN - Following a year of meetings and intensive work, the Auburn School Department Building Committee announced today that it recommends the new Edward Little High School (ELHS) be constructed at the current high school site.

Pending Maine Department of Education (DOE) approval, the state-funded school building, will be constructed on the current ELHS site at 77 Harris Street. The new school is tentatively projected to open in the fall of 2023.

"It is on these slopes that Auburn will build our hopes,” said School Committee and Building Committee Chair Tom Kendall. “United in our quest, we will strive to link learning with life for a future yet imagined."

“This is what our community has been waiting for,” said Superintendent of Schools Katy Grondin. “This day has been a long time coming, and now it’s here. We’re very excited to move ahead in planning a state-of-the-art school that everyone in Auburn can be proud of.”

During the past year, the Building Committee evaluated 47 sites throughout Auburn, including tours of five potential locations that most closely aligned to the selection criteria identified by the community and Maine DOE. In the end, the clear choice was to remain at the site that ELHS has called home since the current building opened in 1961.

At a community forum in August 2017, Auburn residents ranked their top priorities for the new school. The top three criteria to emerge were the ability to locate all athletic fields on one site; proximity to population density; and the ability for the school to act as an economic draw to bring people to Auburn.

“The current site checked off the most boxes on the community’s wish list,” said Building Committee member Beth Favreau.

The current location not only offers proximity to Auburn’s student population, but project architects from Harriman Associates believe  the existing site will be able to accommodate the majority, if not all, of the athletic fields used throughout the year by ELHS student-athletes.

The Building Committee, which embraces the mission to make the school an asset and economic draw for Auburn, will work closely with ELHS staff, the City of Auburn and the community to plan a building that will serve Auburn’s students for decades to come.

"I am eager to move forward with building a site that supports our students and community,” said ELHS Principal Scott Annear. “Our staff is excited to craft a building that meets the needs of our students for today and the future. This is a tremendous opportunity that I am grateful to have a hand in shaping."

The site selection process encompassed more than 50 meetings involving the Building Committee, its subcommittees, the DOE, landowners and state regulatory agencies. During the process, members of the Building Committee visited new public school locations in Maine and Massachusetts to gain a sense of recent initiatives and possibilities in public school construction.

In 2016, the Maine DOE announced that Auburn had been approved for a new high school based on an application submitted in 2011. The project will be fully funded by the State of Maine, with the exception of optional items that will be added locally to the project. These local options are yet to be decided, but could include a performing arts center and artificial turf athletic fields.

The next steps are formal approval by the Auburn School Committee in August, followed by a community meeting and “straw poll” to be held Wednesday, September 5 at Auburn Middle School. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with an informational session beginning at 6 p.m. and the straw poll vote to be held at 7 p.m.

The straw poll is a non-binding vote designed to measure the community’s support for the proposed location. Pending Maine Board of Education site approval this fall, a referendum vote will be scheduled for June 2019 for Auburn voters to authorize the project.

Auburn residents can follow the progress of the new ELHS project at www.auburnschl.edu/home/elhs-building-project. The website includes Building Committee agendas, minutes and presentation materials. Building Committee meetings are open to the public and televised on Great Falls TV.

The ELHS Building Committee includes School Committee members Kendall and Bonnie Hayes; ELHS Principal Annear and teacher Brandy McFadden; community representatives Favreau, Jon Bausman, Leonard Kimble and Sue Mercier; and City Council representatives David Young and Holly Lasagna. City Manager Peter Crichton, Superintendent of Schools Grondin and School Business Manager Adam Hanson serve as ad hoc committee members. The Committee has been assisted throughout the process by Mark Lee, Lisa Sawin, Jeff Larimer and Frank Crabtree of Harriman Associates, a full-service architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Auburn.


School Budget Passed

posted Jun 13, 2018, 12:19 PM by Roz Walton

75% of the voters approved the school budget!

Auburn's participation in the Regional Service Center was also approved.

Thank you!

New Immunization Rules

posted Jun 7, 2018, 8:55 AM by Roz Walton

Maine has added a requirement for Menigococcal Vaccine (MCV4) for all students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade and 12th grade in Maine Public Schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year.  Below is a notice from the Department of Health and Human Services which will answer questions about this requirement.  Also attached is a letter which was sent home to students from the Auburn School Department and the Immunization Form for the Auburn School Department.  

Please be sure your child is up-to-date on required vaccines before the start of the 2018-19 school year.  Thank you!

Auburn School Department Task Force

posted Apr 9, 2018, 10:43 AM by Amy Ross   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 11:05 AM ]

In response to questions and concerns about proficiency-based education raised by parents and teachers, the Auburn School Department is creating a task force.

We are currently accepting teacher and parent applications for membership on this task force. The membership application can be found at the following link:


Task force details are outlined here.

When is the last day of school for the 2017-18 school year?

posted Mar 30, 2018, 5:01 AM by Roz Walton

We've had a lot of snow days this year, and the question has been asked so here is the answer as of today, March 30th:

For Auburn schools the last student day is June 20th and the last staff day is June 22nd.

ELHS Building Project Flyer (updated 1/24/18)

posted Jan 10, 2018, 11:01 AM by Peter Robinson   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 9:29 AM by Roz Walton ]

Have questions about the ELHS Project?  Please click on the pdf below to view the flyer for the ELHS Building Project, which will answer many questions.  

Parent Information - Safe Stop Bus Tracking App is Available

posted Nov 21, 2017, 12:21 PM by Roz Walton   [ updated Nov 21, 2017, 12:32 PM ]

The school bus GPS tracking software, Safe Stop, is available for parental access and has been active since Monday, November 13th.  A Parent User Guide is available by clicking here.  Access codes were sent home with students and provided to administrators at each school. If you still need an access code, simply contact the principal of the school where your child attends and ask for the code, download the app and start using.

As we venture into the implementation of this new software, please keep in mind that Safe Stop is intended to portray an estimate of where the bus is at that point in time. Parents and viewers should not rely on the bus routing app as an accurate timer to send their student off to the bus stop

The Transportation Policy refers to a 10 minute window on either side of the expected time of arrivalThe GPS software is merely another tool that gives parents an estimated time that the bus will arrive.  This could be especially helpful if a bus is running late for any reason.

There are still a few school buses without GPS and there will be language that indicates that the GPS is not yet available for that bus.  Additional GPS units will be installed upon receipt.

Click Here for the Transportation page of our website.

Spectrum TV is making some changes to the local programming channels.

posted Nov 20, 2017, 11:55 AM by Roz Walton

Spectrum TV is making some changes to the local programming channels.  Effective 12/12/17, all Auburn content (Municipal and School) will be airing on Spectrum channel 1302. Channels 7, 11 and 22 will no longer be airing local content. The City of Auburn will continue to stream meetings on the City’s YouTube channel (search: City of Auburn, Maine) and on the City’s Facebook page.
Channel 1301 will air Lewiston government content
Channel 1302 will air Auburn content (government and education)
Channel 1303 will air community content (local original programming and public interest content)


posted Feb 24, 2017, 7:47 AM by Roz Walton

Do you need a flexible work schedule?  Do you want to work when your children are in school?  Do you enjoy helping students succeed? 

If you answered yes to these questions and have 60 college credits, we invite you to apply to join our team.

Help provide challenging learning opportunities that prepare students for success.

Substitute teachers in Auburn earn $70.00 to $90.00 per day.

Click on the following link and apply today!


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