At 7:00 p.m. on March 15, 2017 in the Auditorium of Auburn High School, the Auburn School Committee will hold its Public Hearing on the proposed FY 2018 budget for the Auburn Public Schools. This Public Hearing is being held in compliance with M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 38N.

The proposed FY 2018 school budget is $24,981,760.78. The total amount requested reflects an increase of $1,076,555.15 or 4.5% above the amount appropriated in FY 2017. This percentage increase takes into account unanticipated student needs requiring out-of-district placements. On behalf of the APS Team, I am extremely appreciative of the support received from Town Manager Jacobson and CFO Kazanovicz as they have recommended full support of our budget request to the Board of Selectmen and will soon do the same to the Finance Committee. As has been the case over the past many years, the school department’s budget was created in a fiscally responsible manner in recognition of the financial challenges before us as a community.

As residents of the Town of Auburn, we are sending you an invitation to the Public Hearing, a meeting which is open to all. The draft budget is posted on the website. Dr. Brunelle, Superintendent of Schools, would encourage you to visit the site by accessing www.auburn.k12.ma.us. Once there, you will find a link on the top navigation bar, “District Departments.” Click on “Business Office” and you will find the folder entitled FY 2018 Budget.

If you have difficulty accessing the budget, please feel free to stop by the Superintendent’s Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and we will gladly provide you with a copy. Copies will be available beginning on March 2, 2017.

In addition to having the opportunity to ask questions on March 15th, please know that if you have questions regarding the proposed budget prior to or following the Public Hearing, Dr. Brunelle would be happy to answer them. She can be reached at 508-832-7755 or via e-mail at mbrunelle@auburn.k12.ma.us.

Thank you for your continued support of the Auburn Public Schools and we look forward to sharing our proposed budget with you on March 15th at 7:00 p.m