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Auburn Union asks community for input on schools

District officials want public opinion for long-term plan
By: Andrew Westrope, Staff Writer
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AUSD STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING

When: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Where: AUSD District Office, 255 Epperle Lane, Auburn

Auburn school officials want public opinion to help set the course of education for the next several years.

In the process of giving its official strategic plan a complete overhaul, Auburn Union School District will ask community members for advice this weekend regarding what the district’s priorities should be.

As part of a three-day training session for its board of trustees, the district will host a public meeting on Saturday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at its main office on Epperle Lane in Auburn. The board will spend Friday working on governance with training from Pacific Executive & Education Leadership Associates, and the rest of the weekend working on a strategic plan.

Superintendent Michele Schuetz described the official strategic plan as the district’s three to five-year vision for the future, including its goals and budgetary priorities. She said the district revises and updates the plan annually, but estimated the basic framework of the current plan has been in place for 17 or 18 years.

“Because we have new board members, we’re going to completely redo it,” Schuetz said. “So this Saturday’s session is our opportunity to have community members, all school stakeholders, teachers, parents, come in and give the board input on what they would like the vision and the priorities of the district to be.”

She said public comment at Saturday’s meeting will influence decisions about academic achievement goals, funding and operational budget items, plans for district facilities and other aspects of operation for which the district must plan ahead. Though the plan will continue to evolve over time, Schuetz said the public will get to give the board direction on specific benchmarks and goals, and what they would like the district to have completed by certain dates.

“It really is a living plan that we have to look at every year, because we look at it to give us the information on how to build our budget,” she said. “Where do we need to put the priority money?”

Schuetz said several community members and businesses have already been invited, and anyone with a stake in local schools is welcome to attend.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to contact the school beforehand by emailing Schuetz at mschuetz@auburn.k12.ca.us or calling (530) 885-7242 ext. 8814.