By John Anderson

After a long summer break, Auburn Public Schools are set to open in the morning. This has been an amazing summer of transition as over half of the classrooms have been relocated, and things are looking good. Before the kids head out, here are a few reminders.

With over 1,500 purchases of bus passes, the District has added an 11th bus to handle the students. Questions or problems with bus transportation should be directed to the District business office at 508-832-7755. The bus schedules as well as lunch menus can be viewed on the District web site:

Start and end times are:
Auburn High School – 7:25am-1:55pm.
Auburn Middle School – 7:45am-2:15pm.
Swanson Road Intermediate School – 8:30am-3:00pm.
Bryn Mawr & Pakachoag Schools – 8:40am-3:10pm.

Superintendent Mary Ellen had this to say, “On behalf of the Auburn School Committee and Leadership Team, it is with much excitement that I look forward to the 2015-2016 school year. With the opening of the new Auburn Middle School, the closing of two schools and the opening of Swanson Road Intermediate School where all of Auburn’s 3rd through 5th graders will be educated, our District looks different than it has in the past. What has not changed, though, is our commitment to educational excellence, continuous improvement and to supporting our students in achieving their personal best.

The staff of the Auburn Public Schools has done an outstanding job of readying our schools and classrooms, with all of us anxiously awaiting the start of what promises to be an amazing year! As with most successful endeavors, opening a school year requires the time and commitment of many, and to all who contributed in ways big and small, I offer sincere thanks. Mr. Joe Fahey, Director of Facilities, and his team of custodians are to be commended for their tireless dedication and hard work. Our secretaries did an outstanding job of registering new students, withdrawing others and ensuring that all required paperwork is ready to launch another successful year. Our teachers spent a great deal of time this summer preparing their rooms and materials so that the first day of school – and the 179 that will follow – is positive, engaging and productive.

I offer sincere thanks to the entire Auburn community for your support of our schools and, most especially, your support of our students. We commit to continuing to do our very best to earn that support and hope that you, like me, take great pride in the Auburn Public Schools, in the work in which we are engaged and the progress we are making. It’s going to be an amazing year!”

The start of the school year is a good time for drivers to slow down, put away the cell phones, and pay extra attention to their safe driving. Have a wonderful and safe year!