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Auburn Union, Placer Hills districts to meet about possible merger

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Reorganization is the topic of discussion at a meeting scheduled between two Auburn-area school districts. Trustees and administrators from the Auburn Union Elementary and Placer Hills Union school districts meet Tuesday to discuss a possible merger. It’s a subject the two boards have discussed on their own, and to some extent together. Douglas Crancer, Auburn Union assistant superintendent of business and facilities, said both districts’ superintendents and two trustees from each board met once, but that Tuesday’s meeting will be the first time both full boards sit down together to talk. “What we intend to accomplish is for the boards to share ideas and concerns, and provide further direction to both administrations,” Crancer said. Placer County Office of Education, at the request of both the Auburn Union and Placer Hills districts, hosted a workshop back in October to provide more information about district reorganization, and this will be the first time the two districts meet since the workshop. Fred Adam, Placer Hills superintendent, said Tuesday’s meeting is the next step in what, at this point, is still just a conversation. “I’m excited because for the last two years this has been a goal in our district, to seriously look at the possibility of district reorganization/consolidation,” Adam said. “I know Michele (Schuetz, Auburn Union superintendent) and I are pretty excited to get the two boards together and that we’re able to talk.” Adam said the idea behind Tuesday’s meeting is to “take what has been an informal conversation and make it a formal conversation.” Reach Loryll Nicolaisen at lorylln@goldcountrymedia.com. __________ Meeting When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Auburn Union Elementary School District, 255 Epperle Lane Information: (530) 885-7242